In a recent article on depression, in the Guardian, Johann Hari mentions 1970’s workplace research by the Australian scientist, Michael Marmot.
Marmot’s research found that it is not the people at the top of work hierarchies who are most inclined to serious stress, and consequent heart attacks, but those towards the bottom. A very surprising result.
And in working out why that is, he came to the conclusion that:
"... if you have no control over your work, you are far more likely to become stressed – and, crucially, depressed. Humans have an innate need to feel that what we are doing, day-to-day, is meaningful. When you are controlled, you can’t create meaning out of your work.”