The modern work environment has taken its toll on the mental health of workers. While the rapid advancement in Internet technologies has allowed us to stay connected with our friends and relatives, it has also made our connection to our workplace much closer than ever before. Many people have constant access to their workspace online, and it is not a surprise that they take this opportunity to catch up on projects or to show how hardworking they are.
However, the increased workhours that many people experience have shown a disturbing increase in the number of employees suffering from depression. According to a recent study carried out by the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, women with a workweek that exceeds 55 hours are more prone to experiencing depressive symptoms.
The research involves over 40,000 UK households, and its results reveal that the majority of the male population does not display a different amount of depressive symptoms depending on their workhours. However, the same could not be said for women, since the group with excessive, non-standard workhours were found to exhibit more symptoms of depression. Experts suspect that this might be owed to the fact that women are generally busy with domestic duties as well, and the extended workhours might make it difficult to balance between work and leisure time.