Tackle stress before it becomes a problem.

Three in five workers depressed

Published:  15 May, 2009

KETTERING: A bad atmosphere at work can increase the likelihood of depression among workers. Employers in construction businesses are now being warned to tackle stress in the workplace before it becomes a major problem.

 

New research has been studied by experts at health and safety training company Pivotal Performance. It showed that workers who believe there is a poor atmosphere at work are 60% more likely to suffer from depression. There was also a 50% greater chance that they would be taking anti-depressants.

Jane Gillham from Pivotal Performance said: "A little bit of stress is necessary for everyone to work properly. When a workplace has a 'bad atmosphere' and no-one wants to be there, the constant stress that puts people under is not healthy at all.

"Our trainers teach employers how to be aware when their teams are under stress, how to manage it and the consequences if they don't."

She added: "It is a serious problem, especially as the downturn affects businesses and puts employees under more pressure to perform."

The study was published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Journal. Three thousand people were asked about their working environment, access to health services, living arrangements and social lives.

The authors noted that depression and anxiety are common in the working population, and suggested employers pay more attention to the mental health of their workers.

 

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