1. Stress, anxiety, harassment: huge survey reveals pressures of scientists’ working lives

    Stress, anxiety, harassment: huge survey reveals pressures of scientists’ working lives

    Global study highlights long hours, poor job security and mental-health struggles. A survey of more than 4,000 scientists has painted a damning picture of the culture in which they work, suggesting that highly competitive and often hostile environments are damaging the quality of research. Around 80% of the survey’s participants — mostly academic researchers in the United Kingdom — believed that competition had fostered mean or aggressive working conditions, and half described struggles with depression or anxiety. Nearly two-thirds of respondents reported witnessing bullying or harassment and 43% said they had experienced it. “These results paint a shocking portrait of ...

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