It’s Up to You, Control Your Mood, Keep Game Face
I was just given an article from “ScienceNordic.” Not only is this an interesting a website full of thoughtful topics, but they are generally explained simply and briefly. I like getting insights and reminders of good behavior from all over the world. Could it be that our Nordic friends have more time and interest on making things simple? As an American, I sometimes have this vision of everyone hunkered down in their homes during the long winters. I picture them having more appreciation of the benefits of a mindful existence.
The article has a title that is pretty self explanatory. “The boss, not the workload, causes workplace depression.”
“The study indicates that a heavy workload has no effect on whether or not employees become depressed. Instead, it is the work environment and the feeling of being treated unfairly by the management that has the greatest effect on an employee’s mood.”
Employees don’t get depressed or disillusioned from having too much work but rather not having a feeling of being treated fairly. This should not be new news to teachers, managers or coaches. Our Nordic friends did a survey.
“From the questionnaires, the researchers could determine the sense of justice that the employees felt in their workplaces. The feeling of justice in this context includes the feeling of being heard by one’s manager and the feeling of everyone being treated on equal terms in the workplace.”
““I recommend a management style in which there is a clearly expressed wish to treat employees properly – combined with a transparent organisational structure.”
This may seem like a big “Duh” to many of you, but in these stressful economic conditions, it is a good time for a reminder.
Son of a Postman