Well at Work
Study: Job Insecurity Compromises Employee Health
About one in five workers in a recent study of Michigan residents perceived their jobs as being on the chopping block. But that wasn’t the worst finding in the report, which was recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine [Safety.BLR.com]. That nod goes to the fact that these employees rated themselves in poorer health than their more secure counterparts and had increased rates of major anxiety and depression.
While these conclusions aren’t particularly surprising, when you apply the findings to the millions of Americans who are dealing with job insecurity or those who are currently unemployed, it paints a very worrisome picture. Many of our fellow Americans are struggling to deal with the depressed economy and job market. And the horizon remains bleak.
“The study provides some of the first available evidence on the extent and distribution of perceived job insecurity and its association with health,” the researchers’ write. In turn, interventions need to be deployed to seek out and help the large number of people who may be suffering the mental and physical health effects of job worries.