Guess what: Unemployment hurts you more than a job you hate

Many will say that they prefer to stay unemployed, rather than having one they hate. If we think of it, from the worker’s point of view, going to a place that became a nightmare for whatever reason (bad companions, activities that we do not like, and so on) is not good for anyone.

In a given case, many will do something that seems even worthy and necessary for their health: Give up and look for a place where their skills are appreciated. However, a study published by the University of Manchester could tell us otherwise.

Unemployment is linked to severe health risks such as depression, increased smoking and drinking habits, and even increased chances of dying. Even those who get a job after a period of unemployment, even if they are not well paid or not fully satisfied, have shown considerable health improvements.

The level of satisfaction among the unemployed and people with “poor jobs” with low levels of satisfaction (low wages, and generally unpleasant conditions) showed lower levels of stress than those with considerable unemployment.

They used a study group of 1,166 Britons and found that mental health levels among the unemployed and those claiming to hate their jobs were similar. In reviewing chronic stress levels, it increased in those with a job they did not like.

But when asked about their perception of health status, those who had bad jobs had somewhat better levels of satisfaction than those who were unemployed. Hence the greater risks to acquire harmful habits that affect their life time.

The explanation could be related (clarified in the study), with the fact that people consider that having a payment, even if it is bad, is better than having nothing.

The truth is that you have to be careful with the results. It is not healthy to keep a job that we do not like, and for the unemployed, to get the job of their dreams, will not be a simple task, nor necessarily short.

In both cases, finding a middle ground from which to depart, and striving to improve conditions of employment, and the environment among peers, is also part of daily work, not just employers.

See the study here .


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