Study: Your Stressful Job May Literally Be Killing You

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 21, 2016
Feeling squeezed

Ever mutter, after yet another late night at the office, "Man, this job is really killing me." A recent study from Indiana University has found that you might actually be right, according to FastCompany. The study, which will be published in the Journal of Personnel Psychology, looked at 10,000 Wisconsin high school graduates from 1957 who were interviewed on their education, occupation, and emotional experiences at various intervals throughout their lives. Of those, the researchers found 2,363 people who were still working in 2004 and conducted further interviews about their job demands, then followed up with them in 2011.

What they found was that those who had high-stress jobs where they had little control were more likely to have died in the intervening period than those who had jobs with similar demands but more control. More specifically, those who spent their lives working in stressful environments with little control over their work were 15.4 percent more likely to have died in the period between 2004 to 2011. 

However, researchers found it wasn't so much the stress but the lack of control that was the issue: the study also said that those who had high job demands paired with high levels of control over their work were 34 percent less likely to have died compared to those in low-stress jobs. 

The main takeaway, perhaps? Don't micromanage your workers. 

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