A new Dutch research concludes that work place depression is not caused by heavy or demanding workloads, but is caused by bad management.

4,500 public employees were interviewed and researchers were able to isolate and identify the ones that suffered the most from clinical depression. When this group was individually interviewed, researchers found that the common element was a rude or demanding boss. Thus, the environment was to blame for the workers’ depression. The proposed solution is “…a management style in which there is a clearly expressed wish to treat employees properly – combined with a transparent organizational structure.”

Consider the findings of this research, and answer the following:

  1. Are these research results accurate? Why or why not?
  2. Is this an example of a boss influencing employees?
  3. Will the proposed solution be effective? Why or why not?


Comments (11)

  1. Tyler Peterson


    I think that this study is accurate and that demanding bosses who attempt to control their subordinates will increase the stress levels of the employees, but I do not think that the proposed solution is the answer to this problem. The managers that were studied were type C and this is evidenced by the lack of compassion and the desire for control. However, I refute the claim that a transparent hierarchy and a management style which clearly states the wish to treat employees properly is the answer to this problem. My rationale is this, what if all the current managers were replaced and new managers came in and implemented the suggested changes, but they were still demanding and desired control? The change in policy does not constitute a change in the type of manager, which is what the study claims is the problem. A transparent hierarchy fails to solve this problem. My solution to this problem is, use a system that requires bosses and employees to cooperate and work together while also encouraging accountability of all employees. My recommended changes are consistent with type A qualities and they would reduce the control levels of the manager and reduce the stress of the employees.

    Note: I do not suggest that this is the best solution, only that it is better than the one provided because it introduces type A managers who will be more successful in implementing change.

  2. Hossein Vashani


    I think this research is accurate. Bosses try to control their clients in order to improve their efficiency and earn better results in the companies but definitely, when workers feel depressed, they work less efficiency so this research shows us that bosses get reverse results from this type of management. These bosses are type C people. I believe a type A boss will try to make his workers self-motivated. This would happen when there is enough transparency for workers to perceive dominant information.
    Also, when there is strict control over workers, they have to not be honest in some moments in order to escape from their boss’s angriness and in IMT concept, when we do not have an honest environment, risk goes up.

  3. Carissa


    This makes sense to me that poor management can cause employees to be depressed at work. A person is their environment, and when their environment has negative energy, it is a reflection of themselves. In this case, this environment is created by the boss, whose negative environment is a reflection of himself. According to KSM, an effective leader praises those they are leading and sets an example for them rather than trying to control or manage them. Bosses who try to control probably also are assigning employees to jobs they are not good at and do not enjoy, causing results to be less that satisfactory and employees to be depressed.

  4. Teja


    I believe that the research results are accurate, people cant work in an environment which tries to suppress or denominate them. In this scenario boss is trying to control his employees which is not possible for him so clearly he is a Type C person. How much ever hard boss tries to influence his employees, he fails at end. People can work better when the are encouraged and treated properly, so I strongly believe that the proposed solution is effective.

  5. Matthew Langford


    This is a good example of the need to associate yourself with people that lift you up and bring you happiness instead of those that cause you stress and burden. You could be a type A person looking to make your life the best and happiest, but if we associate ourselves with people, such as type C’s, that will have a big influence. I have witnessed this personally in my life in my previous work place. It was not so much the work load that caused me stress, it was the influence that a boss had on me and my work that caused me to stress.

  6. Haitham


    In the work environment there should not be control from the boss to their employers so they can perform well even thought that the work load might be heavy, but if the employers think their are responsible for the work they do, they will do the best they could and every one should know that he is the boss of himself not someone else.

  7. Serb Brar


    I think this also reflects on the idea of how much a Type A person makes a difference because demanding and rude bosses can generally be perceived to be more of a Type C managerial type as opposed to aligning their workers correctly. However, it does fall on the workers to determine their own stress levels as a Type A person can predict the majority of the moves of a manager or Type C person will make and will adjust accordingly to make their environment healthier for them.

  8. Caleb Vanderploeg


    This makes a lot of sense to me. People are capable of doing a lot of work in a short amount of time without it having to feel very demanding. I could play a strategic, mentally demanding game for hours without concern because I find it enjoyable no matter how difficult. If a boss makes the work environment fun and enjoyable people will be more likely willing to do their job by choice and things that we personally choose to do tend to not depress us. It is when we are forced to spend our time/lives doing things that we don’t want to do that we become depressed. It is also the boss’s job to determine who is best suited to do certain tasks and they should give out tasks to people who are more likely to want to do them.

  9. Max


    Work environments with demanding bosses are inefficient and demonstrate a false belief in influence. As a result, Who Is On My Molecule supports the idea that the individuals who continue to associate themselves with such an environment have created their own happiness. For Type A individuals, the mantra is get out and get happy, rather than place blame on the environment for one’s feelings.

  10. Shivaan Kulanathan


    While we have gone over in the KSM how a proper boss is necessary for a successful project, one that does not impose on their employees but instead assigns them where they are most effective we have also discussed how no one can change a person except for the person them self. Perhaps a negative boss could be the common factor in all the lives of miserable workers, however no one can be blamed for their depression other than themselves. And so while studies like this might seem helpful they are in reality just finding common factors in people’s lives. Only the person can do something about their life.

  11. Kyle Westlake


    I believe that the results are accurate; many people dread their boss and that’s how it shouldn’t be. People should be friends with everybody that they work with. In this case, I think it is an example of bosses attempting to control their employees, but as we all know this is not possible. By saying that the bosses are rude and demanding, it implies that they are trying to control everybody. The proposed solution is a good start, however it will take a long time to try to change the ways of their current bosses.

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