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High demands + low control = depression, anxiety

RTWMatters team

New evidence strengthens link between job strain and common mental health disorders, with researchers arguing low control may be more damaging than high demands.

The idea's been around since the 1970s: there’s something toxic about work with high job demands and low job control. Job demands include things like work pace, work intensity and conflicting responsibilities, while job control – also known as decision latitude – refers to a worker’s ability to make decisions about their work. The term “job strain” was coined to describe work situations in which dema...

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