Are Female Bosses More Likely To Be Depressed?
A new study links greater authority with increased depressive symptoms among women in the workplace.By Erik Shute | November 24, 2014
Raises, promotions, authority — all reasons for moving up in the workplace, but are these goals a hidden stressor for women?
The truth is authority, like the ability to hire and fire or set salaries, might add stress to anyone's workday. However, a study conducted by the University of Texas found "Exercising job authority exposes women to chronic interpersonal stressors that undermine the health benefits of job authority."
In other words, the conflict of, say, firing someone contributes to depression symptoms in high-ranking women. Of course, the same feelings were found in men as well, but the study concluded as men grew in their authoritative positions, depression decreased instead.