Are people in the work place “afraid” of depression? Does it land too close to their own frailty to which they dare not admit? There is little upside being human in many work places. The “machine” doesn’t do depression. Does it mean at a practical level, that a depressed colleague is someone who might endanger the performance of the firm, and therefore endanger the teams “bonus”?. People have very strong feelings about money. You may have noticed, it makes people do what they don’t want to do.