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When it’s more than the winter blues: Accommodating SAD in the workplace

Posted on January 16, 2024


  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that gets worse when the weather is gloomy.

  • SAD symptoms include sleeping a lot, feeling tired, being grumpy, not wanting to do daily activities, and having trouble with stress.

  • If SAD affects someone’s work, there are workplace accommodations that can help. They include using lights that act like the sun, special work equipment, and being flexible with schedules.

  • Not everyone with SAD needs this assistance, and some might only need a few.

  • Employers can make workplaces supportive of mental health all year. There are tools like the Workplace Mental Health Toolkit and guides like “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?” to help.

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