Workplace depression is hard to combat. With so many external factors weighing in on people’s emotions, the root cause of stress can be hard to pinpoint. But unhappiness at work is all too common with a staggering 52.3% of Americans reporting dissatisfaction or unhappiness with their jobs. For a country that thrives on opportunity and growth, this number is disappointing.
Hoping to shed light on the subject of workplace happiness, a Danish study zeroes in on the contributing factors to workplace depression. “The boss, not the workload, causes workplace depression” written by Kristian Sjøgren for Science Nordic, takes on this Danish study. What Sjøgren finds in surprising: workplace depression may not grow out of stacks of paper and too many emails but could be a result of unhappy work environment and management techniques.
From difficult bosses to high-tension work environment, unhappiness in the workplace may not actually stem from overwhelming or stressful workloads. We’ve broken down the article and the Danish study to help give you some insight into the all too common issues of workplace depression.