Yesterday, I explained how toxic workplaces--especially those with "work until you drop" corporate cultures--don't just make people sick; they make companies fail. I also provided some sly suggestions to cope, if you're stuck in the workplace from hell.

Today, by coincidence, the online insurance firm netQuote sent me some infographics (reproduced below) that suggest more practical approach: get yourself assigned to the kind of job where--regardless of where you work--you're least likely to have a mental health problem.

Before getting to that, though, let's take closer look at the mental health crisis that the toxic workplace has created. Here are the stats, according a survey of over a thousand full-time American employees:

  • 64% describe their jobs as "stressful."
  • 52% believe their mental health interferes with their work
  • 24% have actually had a real-live panic attack at work
  • 41% have been medically diagnosed with a mental health issue

To sum it up, if your job hasn't already driven you nuts, it's probably driven at least half of your coworkers nuts. (Which probably explains a lot of what goes on where you work, eh?)

That being said, there is one job (and one job only) in today's toxic workplace that has the either the lowest or second lowest percentage of anxiety disorders, depression and panic attacks. That job?


The statistical differences are significant and (for non-marketers) a bit scary:

  • If you work in finance, you're almost twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder than if you work in Marketing.
  • If you work in legal, you're more than twice as likely to suffer from depression than if you work in Marketing.
  • If you work in entertainment , you're almost three times as likely to have a panic attack than if you work in Marketing.

So there you have it. If your job is literally driving your crazy, consider getting a job in marketing. It shouldn't be too difficult; I've known plenty of engineers and salespeople who've made the leap. 

The real question, though, is or should be: exactly why are marketing jobs less crazy-making than other corporate jobs?

I have a theory but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find it out. Meanwhile, here are the two most salient netQuote infographics:

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