A scientific approach to mental health at work

Until we publish the full findings from this research later this year, here are a few examples of what we’ve learned:

Flexible working can reduce work-life conflict, which can be a major source of stress, depression and anxiety. But the uptake of flexible working often depends on the amount of support from managers and the culture of the organization.

Breaking up excessive sitting with light activity by just one hour per eight-hour day may reduce depression symptoms by 10% and anxiety symptoms by 15%. Some ways to break up excessive sitting include sit-stand desks, standing meetings and encouraging movement breaks.

Having more autonomy in your role is associated with lower rates of anxiety and depression. Employers can increase employees’ autonomy by allowing them more freedom to craft how they do their roles.

Why we need a scientific approach to mental health at work (medicalxpress.com)