It’s not the workload that’s making people hate their jobs—it’s the boss

October 27th, 2013 / No Comments »

By Lauren Davidson

Overwork is one of the most common complaints of the modern professional. But it’s less likely to be a cause of workplace depression than being treated unfairly in the office is, according to new Danish research.

“Our study shows that the workload actually has no effect on workplace depression,” Matias Brødsgaard Grynderup, PhD, a psychologist at Aarhus University and one of the researchers behind the study, told ScienceNordic.com.
It’s actually the other way around: depression can make the workload seem overwhelming and unconquerable. Through surveying and interviewing almost 3,000 public employees in Denmark, the researchers found that, rather than high stress causing depression, participants with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol were at higher risk of depression……