A new study has said that psychological stress at the office can make it more difficult for depressed workers to perform their jobs and be productive.
"There is a large economic cost and a human cost," said study lead author Debra Lerner, Ph.D., director, Program on Health, Work and Productivity, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. "We need to develop and test programs that directly try to address the employment of people with depression."
reach the conclusion, the researchers screened 14,268 adult employees and ultimately compared 286 depressed workers to 193 who were not depressed. They recruited participants between 2001 and 2003 from doctors' offices.
The study findings appear in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
In many cases, the depressed employees had problems at work, Lerner said. "They're often very fatigued and have motivational issues. They also may have difficulty handling the pacing of work, managing a routine, performing physical job tasks and managing their usual workload."
The findings suggest that there is a link between productivity and an employee's ability to control his or her work. "The workplace does play an important part," Lerner said.