A study performed on Australian workers that looked at contributing factors to developing major depression symptoms found that low pyschosocial safety climate was associated with a threefold increase in risk of development major depression symptoms.
The study also found that long working hours (41-48 hours and greater than 55 hours worked per week) was not factor overall when removing mild cases.
Finally, that high work engagement was correlated with longer working hours (which is a factor in developing major depression symptoms).
- Remote work resulted in a 30% increase in hours so remote work could contribute to increased risk of depression.
- Working hard is required to do great work so high-effort workers are at higher risk.
- Organizational support of remote work correlates with reported productivity
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In a recent study looking at the impact of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic found that perception of organizational support for remote work correlates with higher reported productivity and gains in productive working time. This is in contrast to those that perceive low support for remote work as having a negative impact on productive working time and indicating greater depression symptoms.
We can come up with a valuation of remote work by looking at a few signals: what you would forgo, what do you gain, what others gain, and what others lose.
A study found that US adults experienced significantly more depressive symptoms in 2021 (32.8%) compared to the early months of the pandemic (27.8%) and before the pandemic (8.5%). Predictors of pandemic depression include low household income, not being married, and pandemic-related stressors.