Want to ditch the job that you hate? Well, according to a new study, having a job you hate is just as bad for your mental health as being unemployed.
According to research published by Occupational and Environmental Medicine, “The impact on mental health of a badly paid, poorly supported, or short term job can be as harmful as no job at all.”
The study surveyed 7000 people in Australia and researchers assessed the mental health of the participants using a “validated inventory.” They also asked the respondents to disclose their employment status. Although people who were unemployed generally had poorer mental health, being trapped in a job you hate can have a serious negative effect on your mental health.
According to the study:
The mental health of those who were jobless was comparable to, or often better than, that of people in work, but in poor quality jobs.
Those in the poorest quality jobs experienced the sharpest decline in mental health over time. There was a direct linear association between the number of unfavorable working conditions experienced and mental health, with each additional adverse condition lowering the mental health score.
And the health benefits of finding a job after a period of worklessness depended on the quality of the post, the findings showed. Job quality predicted mental health.
Getting a high quality job after being unemployed improved mental health by an average of 3 points, but getting a poor quality job was more detrimental to mental health than remaining unemployed, showing up as a loss of 5.6 points
So if you’re on the prowl for a new gig, make sure it’s one you’ll actually enjoy.
Are you stuck in a job you hate? If so, has it affected your mood?