Poor team spirit cre­ates DE­PRES­SION

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Dif­fi­cult co­work­ers and aw­ful work­ing at­mos­phere leads to poor team spirit, which, in turn, in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ing de­pres­sion by more than half, ac­cord­ing to a Fin­nish study.

The study re­vealed that em­ploy­ees work­ing in such an at­mos­phere were 60 per cent more likely to be de­pressed and 50 per cent more likely to dis­or­ders and pre­dicted fu­ture an­tide­pres­sant med­i­ca­tion thus more at­ten­tion should be paid to psy­cho­log­i­cal fac­tors at work,” Dr. Si­nokki con­cluded.

A re­cent Busi­nessWeek ar­ti­cle im­plied that, be­cause we spend most of the day at work, our work en­vi­ron­ments have a sub­stan­tial ef­fect on our over­all psy­cho­log­i­cal well­be­ing.

With the ef­fects our econ­omy is hav­ing on our use an­tide­pres­sants.

Dr Marjo Si­nokki, of the Fin­nish In­sti­tute of Oc­cu­pa­tional Health, was able to de­ter­mine that peo­ple who work in a “poor work cli­mate” char­ac­ter­ized by feel­ings that their work­place was highly prejudiced and quar­rel­some, were 61% more likely to be de­pressed. The same group of work­ers was also more sus­cep­ti­ble to anx­i­ety.

For the study, he sur­veyed 3,347 Fin­nish em­ploy­ees aged be­tween 30 and 64, and asked them about their per­cep­tions of the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing team spirit, the qual­ity of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and their de­gree of job con­trol or de­mands.

The par­tic­i­pants were asked to rate their work­ing en­vi­ron­ment ac­cord­ing to four de­scrip­tions of the at­mos­phere in the work­place, in­clud­ing ‘en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive of new ideas’, ‘prejudiced and con­ser­va­tive’, ‘nice and easy’ or ‘quar­rel­some and dis­agree­able’. Dur­ing the three years of fol­low-up, 9% of the par­tic­i­pants had bought an­tide­pres­sant med­i­ca­tion.

“Poor team cli­mate at work <http://time­sofindia.in­di­a­times. com/topic/search?q=work> was associated with de­pres­sive house­holds and work­places, it’s get­ting harder than ever for many peo­ple to cope with stress. A cer­tain level of stress is a nor­mal part of life, but when it starts to in­ter­fere with pro­duc­tiv­ity and emo­tional and phys­i­cal health, it’s time to find bet­ter ways to keep that stress un­der con­trol.

Feel­ing happier and less stressed at work all starts with a sim­ple les­son in read­ing and writ­ing.

First you must iden­tify the source of your stress. With­out know­ing where the stress is stem­ming from, it will be next to im­pos­si­ble to treat it. Write down a list of spe­cific things that make your job stress­ful.

Then re­view your list of stres­sors and de­ter­mine at least one thing you can do do re­duce or re­lieve each source of work stress. Iden­tify spe­cific, con­crete and de­fin­able ac­tions that would help al­le­vi­ate each prob­lem.

Sys­tem­at­i­cally start go­ing through your list to de­ter­mine what you can doto change each stres­sor. If it’s within your power to change it, find a way to check it off your list and get at least one stres­sor off your back each week

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