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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 27, @10:26PM   Printer-friendly
from the beatings-shall-continue-until-morale-improves dept.

American workers who have more flexibility and security in their jobs also have better mental health, according to a study of 2021 survey data from over 18,000 nationally representative working Americans.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Network Open, may not be surprising to those who have faced return-to-office mandates and rounds of layoffs amid the pandemic. But, it offers clear data on just how important job flexibility and security are to the health and well-being of workers.

[...] Overall, the study's findings indicate "the substantive impact that flexible and secure jobs can have on mental health in the short-term and long-term," the researchers conclude.

They do note limitations of the study, the main one being that the study identifies associations and can't determine that job flexibility and security directly caused mental health outcomes and the work absence findings. Still, they suggest that workplace policies could improve the mental health of employees.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by epitaxial on Wednesday March 27, @11:10PM (5 children)

    by epitaxial (3165) on Wednesday March 27, @11:10PM (#1350586)

    How do you negotiate more vacation, other than finding a company who offers it?

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by JoeMerchant on Thursday March 28, @12:42AM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday March 28, @12:42AM (#1350611)

    Last small (50 employee) business I worked for, they offered two weeks PTO "standard", I offered to take the job at the agreed pay and benefits iff vacation was increased to 3 weeks. Boss man grumbled a little and agreed. Contract/offer came the next day with 3 weeks annual PTO.

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by epitaxial on Thursday March 28, @04:28AM (1 child)

      by epitaxial (3165) on Thursday March 28, @04:28AM (#1350628)

      And then everyone stood up and clapped.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Thursday March 28, @11:19AM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday March 28, @11:19AM (#1350660)

        No, that would have been when I negotiated my starting pay at the grocery store up from $3.35 to $6.00 per hour, while most staff had 2 years experience and was being paid low to mid 4s. Within a week of me starting they all got raises to $6 or more. I was very popular/ well liked after that, except with the assistant manager whose bonus took a hit.

        Key to that negotiation comes down to an argument I had with AsstMgr later,: "maybe you don't need this job?", "Maybe I don't."

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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Thursday March 28, @03:53PM

    by VLM (445) on Thursday March 28, @03:53PM (#1350706)

    "I can start next month" "heres my two weeks notice", instant two weeks of vacation.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 28, @04:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 28, @04:57PM (#1350723)

    How do you negotiate more vacation, other than finding a company who offers it?

    That's easy, when i changed jobs, i asked for the standard 1 month vacation (which we don't get first year normally) and got 3 weeks paid and 1 week unpaid. This year i'll have the full month paid vacation.

    What i do not get is how do you negotiate shorter work weeks?
    Where i am, it's 37,5h per week (for my kind of job, normally for other jobs it's 40h) and they can't make me do more than 8 in some cases. I guess i gotta try asking for less next time.

    Note that i'm not from the US of A. I use my vacation time and if i get sick, i'm on a paid sick leave as long as i need to. Though i've been on sick leave for 4 days in the last 17 years.

    One thing i've always wondered about US of A is people not using their (short ass) vacation and doing so many hours without overtime. You do not accomplish more by forcing others or working yourself to the ground. I've done my share of overtime (60h a week for months, even more when allowed. The OT gets really expenssive after that, so customers usually don't like paying and do not allow more) work and i would never do that without OT compensation or in the office.