work environmentRecently I had a conversation with a friend that told me she has fallen into a depression because of her job.  She finds herself in an unhealthy work environment that she’s never previously experienced before in her life, and puts up with situations she can’t believe she tolerates. I ask myself, why is this the case, and what does this mean for the future of how the culture of the work force operates?

In modern times, some work forces are changing the rules; they are taking advantage of employees because quite frankly, they can.  Employees find themselves in a miserable work environment that they endure because they don’t have any other job opportunities. People of this nature come to work and swallow things they might not otherwise sign onto or put up with. This is not right, but unfortunately we are living in times where we find ourselves stuck in our jobs.  We are scared to make waves, or stand up for ourselves for fear of losing an income.

It begs the question, how far will people go to hold onto their job?  What’s worse, falling into a depression from a tarnished work environment, or not knowing what kind of mental state you will find yourself in should you lose or leave your job?  I suppose it’s up to each individual to decide what they are willing to bear, or how far they are willing to go to keep their job. There are a growing number of individuals in an undesirable position, and I believe the numbers are rising.  Employees are tolerating inappropriate behaviors, for example, an abusive boss, because they have to, and it is becoming the norm.

As a result, our work culture is changing. And not for the good.  When a corrupt work environment becomes normalcy, we are setting up problems for our future and the state of our nation’s mental health. What does this mean for the future of our job experiences, and the evolving nature of the work force in America?

We are going to find ourselves down the road with work environments that continue to push the envelope and take advantage of their employees because they can; because our current financial times are dictating circumstances where people find themselves in a compromising job experience.

This is not good.  This is not right. If you are one of those people in a bad mental state because of your job, know that you are not alone.  And, as a nation, let’s be honest with ourselves and think about where we want our work culture to be in ten years.  What kind of work environments do we want to foster and maintain to ensure a positive healthy work place for the future of generations to come.

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    Last reviewed: 10 Jan 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). How Far Will You Go to Hold Onto Your Job?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2015, from


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