Burnout caused by more than just job stress

Impossible deadlines, demanding bosses, abusive colleagues, unpaid overtime: all factors that can lead to a burnout. But when it comes to mental health in the workplace, the influence of home life must also be considered to get the full picture.

New research proves that having an understanding partner is just as important as having a supportive boss and a multitude of issues contribute to mental health problems in the workforce. A persons mental health at work is deeply affected by the rest of a person’s day-to-day life.

The study from the University of Montreal and Concordia University shows that fewer mental health problems were experienced by those living with a partner, in households with young children, higher household incomes, less work-family conflicts, and greater access to the support of a social network outside the workplace.

Factors within the workplace however were still important. Fewer mental health problems were reported when employees are supported at work, when expectations of job recognition are met, and when people feel secure in their jobs. A higher level of skill use is also associated with lower levels of depression, pointing to the importance of designing tasks that motivate and challenge workers.

For lead author Professor Alain Marchand, it’s all about adopting a holistic view. “To maintain a truly healthy workforce, we need to look outside the office or home in simple terms to combat mental health issues in the workplace.”

Source: University of Concordia

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