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We spend many hours at our jobs and some of us our miserable workers. Find out a common cause for depression at work and what you may need to consider in your job search moving forward.

Key Points:

  • Gallup did a poll that revealed that 87% of people don’t enjoy their work. That means 87% of people don’t like how they spend¬†a lot of their time.
  • The factor that makes people unhappy at work is the feeling of lack of control. In order to be happy, we must feel that we belong, that our lives have meaning and purpose, that we are valued, and that we have a future that is hopeful and makes sense.
  • Some people who have felt stifled at their jobs have taken initiative by starting their own businesses. This gave them a sense of freedom and buy-in that they didn’t have working for someone else.
  • Of course, this can become a cycle when the formerly depressed worker becomes the boss with employees who feel like they have no control. One solution may be a more democratic approach to business rather than the traditional corporate method (which is actually quite new).
  • We can’t just take care of the symptoms. Rather, we have to find solutions for the sources of our anxieties and strifes.

Quote This:

It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. -Philip Green

See Also: Emotions, Mental Health, Workplace

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some things you enjoy about your work? What are some things you don’t enjoy about it?
  3. Why did you go into the field of work you are currently in?
  4. Do you agree that a lack of control is a major source of anxiety or depression for people when it comes to work? Explain.
  5. When it comes to work, where do you see yourself in five years? Why?
  6. If you feel depressed or anxious about work, what steps should you take to begin making positive changes?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.