Stressors at work that have an effect on well being and longevity


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Stress and instability at work

You could argue that money and career stability go hand in hand, and researchers at Stanford and Harvard would agree. After examining data from a workplace survey called the General Social Survey and the American Community, experts found a direct correlation between work instability and stress.

For example, the survey found that working conditions were considered “more stressful” if disparities that undermined stability existed in the workplace. The possibility of being made redundant or reducing working hours was high on the list of workplace stressors.

Health and professional stress insurance

According to the study, the study found surprising stress that lay alongside impending layoffs – and this is an employer-provided health insurance plan. With regard to the decrease in life expectancy in the workplace, health insurance has been the subject of great responsibility.

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Blue collar vs. white collar stress

It may not be shocking news that white collar workers tend to outlive blue collar workers. However, considering that most white collar jobs are sedentary, a style of work widely equated with obesity and other chronic health conditions (eg diabetes), perhaps this should be being.

However, actuarial data from the Harvard-Stanford study confirmed that high-income workers (who are also white-collar workers on the whole) live longer than low-income blue-collar workers.


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