- A study revealed that working for long hours can increase the risk of depression
- The study suggested that employers should also consider the work hours of their employees
- Meanwhile, there are also ways that workers can do to reduce the chance of developing depression
A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom showed that men and women who work even during weekends have a higher risk of developing depression compared to those who regularly work during weekdays.
KAMI learned that researchers examined around 11, 215 men and 12, 188 women who were working in the UK between 2010 and 2012. Most of the men tend to work for longer hours. Meanwhile, almost half of the women worked not longer than 35 hours.
In a report by Reuters, women had a higher risk of having depression when they work at least 55 hours a week. Meanwhile, men who worked during weekends showed more signs of depression, especially when they do not like their working conditions.
The result of the study suggested that employers should also consider the working hours of their employees because their mental health could be at stake and it could also affect their performance at work.
“This would benefit workers of both sexes and result in a happier and healthier workforce too - which of course would also benefit the employer,” study leader Gillian Weston, a public health researcher at University College London said.
According to a report by the ABS-CBN News, women are more likely to feel the burden since most of them have more responsibility and work to do at home.
However, researcher Sabir Giga said that employees can take actions on their part to reduce the risk of depression like taking regular breaks, prioritizing work, open communication to others, working from home, and not over-committing one’s self.
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