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The problem of workplace depression

by James Horridge. Published Wed 29 Feb 2012 19:12

The results were somewhat surprising as some highly-sought after, well-paid roles were among those on the list.

According to specialist workplace health and safety consultancy Health@Work, it goes to show that no profession is immune to stress and the risk – and impact – of workplace depression.

Rather than low salary or poor conditions, common factors cited for workplace depression include long hours, limited growth opportunities and the lack of reward, with such obstacles leading to boredom, a lack of fulfilment or apathy.

Workplace depression, stress and anxiety is estimated to cost industry a massive 13.5 million lost working days every year.

It can result in decreased productivity, absenteeism, as well as a low mood and anxiety among those affected. The key, according to Health@Work, is to make sure people are educated about the problem and feel able to seek help.

Keith Gorman, programme director of Health@Work said: “This survey highlights something we regularly find; workplace depression and stress can affect employees regardless of salary or seniority. We are able to work with staff at all levels to help them overcome these kind of barriers, that can have an serious impact on health and wellbeing in and out of work.”

Health@Work offers workplace solutions such as workplace mediation, and relaxation techniques. The organisation also recommends the work of mental health charity MIND, and will send literature out to anyone who contacts them.

If you require more information on health and safety call 0151 236 6608 or email info@healthatworkcentre.org.uk.


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