Low job satisfaction and ill-health

According to a report by Lancaster University and Manchester Business School, but reported by BBC News: UK Edition, unhappy workers are more likely to become ill. Further key points include: people with low job satisfaction are most likely to encounter emotional burnout, reduced self-esteem, anxiety and depression, and, even a modest drop in job satisfaction could lead to burnout of "considerable clinical importance".

To remedy the alleged problem, Professor Cary Cooper, of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), urged employers to seriously tackle the issue with "innovative policies". He went on to suggest that, "This would be a wise investment given the potential substantial economic and psychological costs of unhappy or dissatisfied workers". He followed this statement by saying , "Workers who are satisfied by their jobs are more likely to be healthier as well as happier."

Unsurprisingly, the article in question did not comment on what the "innovative policies" looked like, or the likelihood of employers taking the matter seriously. However, a further link takes you directly to a LUMS press release on the research and the research paper can be downloaded here - The relationship between job satisfaction and health: a meta-analysis (E B Faragher, M Cass, C L Cooper).

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