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Depression and Stress Adversely Affect Employee Productivity

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Successful companies realize that their ability to succeed is directly related to the productivity of their employees. A study released by The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2008 indicates that depression, the balance between stress and satisfaction and the personal life challenges of employees all significantly affect worker productivity and limit the ability of employees to meet the normal demands of their jobs. The study also revealed that while health issues impact productivity, personal concerns such as financial worry may have an equal if not greater effect.

Almost 18,000 Canadian workers participated in the study by completing the Wellness Checkpoint questionnaire, a comprehensive health risk assessment that considers employee health and lifestyle factors. The study participants also completed the Work Limitations Questionnaire, which measures limitations on performing normal job requirements against an array of factors including personal health, work/life issues, lifestyle habits and depression.

The study concluded that although employee health issues significantly impact employee productivity, mental health issues and non-health related factors such as depression and stress also have an adverse affect.

Source: 2008 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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Dr. Rob Rawson is a medical doctor, internet entrepreneur and a time management expert. He is currently traveling around the world whilst managing a business with 45 staff.

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