How working a horrible job might actually endanger your health.

5th October 2020, 14:29


According to a recent Gallup survey, 62% of employees in the world’s largest economy are either not engaged or are actively disengaged in their job.

More often than not, this means at least a decreased level of productivity. At worst it can mean employees lacking passion for their roles and doing the minimum of what’s expected. Although financial security and related benefits can make the decision harder, in such situations staying in the same position will most likely worsen your mental health. 

Dissatisfaction at work and mental health 

It’s a common feeling to wake up in the morning not wanting to go to work, wishing you were able to turn around and go back to sleep. For some, the thought of going to work fills them with dread, and many people in this position experience troublesome mental health effects as a result. Given that being in a miserable workplace affects your whole physical and emotional being, this is something you should not overlook. 

A recent Ohio State University study revealed that people who experience low job satisfaction early in their careers are more likely to have mental health issues later on. The results show that they experience higher levels of depression, extreme worrying and sleep problems. Additionally, they were more likely to have been diagnosed with emotional problems, as well as reporting lower scores on tests for overall mental health. 

Adverse health effects mitigated by an upward trend in job satisfaction

The direction of the trend in one’s job satisfaction – better or worse – can have a great influence on our mental health later in life. However, the results show that those individuals that were experiencing low job satisfaction earlier on but managed to reverse the trend in their early careers did not experience the health problems associated with constantly low or declining job satisfaction. This points out that making a change for the better may have a great positive impact on your mental health.  

Considering how much time is spent on work, it should come as no surprise that people with higher job satisfaction report being happier overall. As previously mentioned, the benefits of satisfied employees may extend further beyond the workplace; including improved mental and physical health, concentration and a better ability to manage personal relationships and finances. Not least, it can even make you live longer.  

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