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    Toxic Workplaces Increase Risk of Depression by 300%



    Summary: Working in a toxic environment or one in which the mental health of workers is not supported was associated with a three fold increased risk of depression. Additionally, working long hours was linked to an increased risk of death as a result of stroke or a cardiovascular event.

    Source: University of South Australia.

    A year-long Australian population study has found that full time workers employed by organisations that fail to prioritise their employees’ mental health have a threefold increased risk of being diagnosed with depression.

    And while working long hours leads to severe health related issues such as death from cardiovascular disease or having a stroke, poor management practices pose a greater risk for depression, the researchers found.

    The study is led by UniSA’s Psychosocial Safety Climate Observatory, the world’s first research platform exploring workplace psychological health and safety.

    Psychosocial safety climate (PSC) is the term used to define management practices and communication and participation systems that protect workers’ mental health and safety.

    Evidence shows that companies who fail to reward or acknowledge their employees for their efforts, impose unreasonable demands on workers, and do not give them freedom in work sphere, are placing their staff at an increased risk of depression.

    Due to the global burden of depression, which affects an estimated 300 million people around the world and shows no sign of decreasing despite the available treatments, more attention is now being paid to mismanagements in work environments which increases the risk of degrading mental health.

    Lack of communication with employees and unions over workplace health and safety issues, and very little support for stress preventions, is linked to low PSC in companies.

    In this study the researchers explored bullying in a group context and why it occurs. Sometimes stress is a trigger for bullying and in the worst cases this behaviour can be acceptable to a certain level for other members of the team. But above all bullying can be predicted from a company’s commitment to their employees’ mental health, and so it can be prevented.

    Maintaining a healthy workplace leads to happier organisation-employee relationships and in turn company’s performance will boost up.

    Published: University of South Australia.

    Contact: Candy Gibson, University of South Australia.

    Details: Image source Unsplash


    Hi, I’m Aarti, My Psychoanalytical approach towards my clients is to empower them to better their lives through improving their relationship with themselves. I believe shame and guilt is a common barrier to change. I aim to guide my clients through re authoring their narratives where shame, guilt, and other problems have less power and take up less space.

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