New Study Confirms Our Worst Fears About Work

We all know how exhausting a stressful day at work can be, but now a new study confirms the less control you feel you have at your job, the more likely you are to drop dead. Studying over 2,000 Wisconsin residents over the course of seven years, researchers found “those in high-stress jobs with little control over their workflow die younger or are less healthy than those who have more flexibility and discretion in their jobs and are able to set their own goals as part of their employment.”

The study also found those with little control over their work timeline on a day-to-day-basis are 15.4 percent more likely to die than those who are given the opportunity to craft their own daytime schedule. People who are able to choose when to take a break or grab a cup of coffee actually live longer than their more regimented peers. Another recommendation of the study is for companies to engage in and encourage "job crafting," a process whereby employees help craft a meaningful and productive job for themselves where they can set goals.

This news seems to suggest that a more hands-off approach to managing employees not only helps foster goodwill, but actually provides health benefits—no matter the person’s industry or position. 

The takeaway—that companies are better off insuring their employees have a proper work-life balance—falls in line with current conventional wisdom that companies with pro-employee policies function more efficiently.

Still, considering a May study revealed that Americans work more than anyone in the industrial world, it seems American employers may want to consider giving their employees the flexibility to control their workflow. Otherwise, it could be worst-case scenario.

h/t: The Guardian


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