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Depression, burnout and work

Depression, burnout and work

A new study from Denmark, in ScienceNordic shows that working for unfair bosses in unfair systems is the main reason for depression in employees.

What does this say about the rising clergy burnout problem. Perhaps it is not overwork but an unfair system and too many bosses. Who is a priest’s boss? Self? Bishop? Vestry? and is the church an unfair work environment? What can be changed?

A huge pile of unfinished work is not the main reason why employees become depressed, concludes an extensive new Danish study.

Surprisingly, the study indicates that a heavy workload has no effect on whether or not employees become depressed. Instead, it is the work environment and the feeling of being treated unfairly by the management that has the greatest effect on an employee’s mood.

”We may have a tendency to associate depression and stress with work pressure and workload; however, our study shows that the workload actually has no effect on workplace depression,” says one of the researchers behind the new study, psychologist Matias Brødsgaard Grynderup, PhD, of the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University.

h/t to Matthew Moretz

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