New hires can spread mental-health problems to their co-workers

  • Julia Kensbock

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Can people spread mental-health problems from one company to another like an infectious disease? Recent research suggests it is possible. New hires diagnosed with anxiety, depression or high levels of stress are likely to transmit these feelings to their new co-workers, according to a study published online in May in the Administrative Science Quarterly.

Period22 Sep 2021

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  • TitleNew hires can spread mental-health problems to their co-workers
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletLivemint
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryIndia
    Date22/09/21
    DescriptionCan people spread mental-health problems from one company to another like an infectious disease? Recent research suggests it is possible. New hires diagnosed with anxiety, depression or high levels of stress are likely to transmit these feelings to their new co-workers, according to a study published online in May in the Administrative Science Quarterly.
    “The paper looks at the spread of mental-health disorders through an epidemiological lens," says co-author Julia Kensbock, an assistant professor at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. Viewed from this perspective, she says, mental-health disorders can spread from one company to another through new hires.
    Producer/AuthorLisa Ward
    URLhttps://www.livemint.com/science/health/new-hires-can-spread-mental-health-problems-to-their-coworkers-11632236467917.html
    PersonsJulia Kensbock

Keywords

  • Troubled organizations
  • ailments
  • anxiety
  • authors
  • co-workers
  • depression
  • anxiety and stress
  • disorders and violence
  • employees
  • firm size