A study of 1000 32-year-olds found 45% of new cases of depression and anxiety were attributable to stressful work.
They defined a highly demanding job as involving a lack of control, long hours, non-negotiable deadlines, and a high volume of work.
Not that any of this is a real surprise… I can also concur with their conclusions:
“We have got to get people to work much more flexibly, using technology to our advantage rather than keeping people in an office environment for long hours.
“Also we need to get managers to behave differently – manage by praise and reward rather than by punishment and understand that people need to feel they have control over their work.”
Now… if only I knew what I could do for a living that doesn’t involve IT and ideally doesn’t involve bosses either.