Depressed managers survey, caution urged

Compared to five years ago - before the international financial crisis impacted the global economy - managers are less happy. This is according to the Chartered Management Institute and Simplyhealth Quality of Working Life 2012 survey, which shows bosses are working longer hours, managing larger workloads and are more likely to suffer depression now compared to in 2007.

Furthermore, these workers may feel a pressing need to come to the office even if they are ill, as the fear of losing their job forces more people to put their own well-being on the backburner in order to safeguard their income.

Job satisfaction is now much lower than in 2007, with just 55 per cent of respondents claiming to be content with their role and conditions compared to 62 per cent five years ago.

And 42 per cent of managers polled are currently suffering from stress symptoms compared to 35 per cent in 2007, while 18 per cent are tackling depression - a rise of three per cent.

Dr Almuth McDowall CPsychol said it is important to highlight that self report data can mask a lot of issues. She observed: "This data shows at first glance that the impact of the recession is not good for workers' health. Many businesses have made redundancies and have experienced job losses, but the work has not gone away.

"Coping with increased demands is stressful, especially if people have less support and no control about these changes.

"But we also need to read such figures carefully: how acceptable is it to say that you are depressed at work? Could it be the case the actual figures are higher? What is the link between job satisfaction and people's health – are employees less satisfied because their health has suffered, or is their health suffering because their work is a less happier place to be?

"These are the kinds of questions which psychologists can assist to answer."