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Careers briefs

Depression and productivity A study conducted in the US concluded that absenteeism due to health problems was twice as high for employees with depressive symptoms as for those without such symptoms. The study, carried out by researchers at Yale University, also revealed that the likelihood of decreased performance on the job is seven times higher for depressed employees. The researchers said that reduced productivity - or presenteeism - is a likely result of employee reluctance to report an illness or to consider depression a legitimate reason for taking sick leave. The message is that both medical and financial value exist in better detection and effective treatment for depression in the workplace, commented Lloyd Sederer, director of the division of clinical services for the American Psychiatric Association.

Cold comfort for controllers Having high levels of control over one's job responsibilities can backfire if a person lacks confidence on the job or has a propensity to take responsibility for negative outcomes at work. So claims further research from the US. And such a combination of control and responsibility taking can make work more stressful and make a person more vulnerable to infections, like bronchitis, influenza or even the common cold, say researchers at the University of Nebraska.

Small, but perfectly formed Despite the widely held believe that the bulk of graduates find employment with large, even multinational firms, most will end up working for SMEs - or small and medium sized enterprises - claims an article in this year's edition of Target Engineering, an independent publication providing useful information for graduates on careers and employers. In addition to a comprehensive insight into working for an SME, Target Engineering has features on all aspects of engineering, plus loads of real life case studies. For a free copy, contact GTI Specialist Publishers on (01491) 826262.

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