Men in the workplace

Work and the workplace have a significant impact on the mental health of employees – either positively or negatively.

While depression, anxiety and work-related stress can be connected, it is important to make the distinction that depression and anxiety are clinical conditions, while stress is not. However, prolonged or excessive job stress is a risk factor for mental health problems, and accounts for 13 per cent of depression in working men.1

Factors that contribute to job stress include:

  • High demands
  • Low job control
  • Work overload or pressure
  • Lack of control and participation in decision-making
  • Unclear work role
  • Job insecurity
  • Long working hours
  • Bullying
  • Poor communication
  • Inadequate resources.

Depression and anxiety are common conditions that have an impact not only on the individual but on their families, friends and workmates too. Mental health problems also have a direct impact on businesses through increased absenteeism, reduced productivity and increased costs.

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1. For a full list of references for the statistics on this page, and any others across the website, please visit the references page and search through the relevant category.