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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: 2) by JoeMerchant on Thursday March 28, @12:12PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday March 28, @12:12PM (#1350666)

    >do I help take down the company by going along? Or do I take down myself by "not being a team player"?

    That's when judicious use of door number 3, marked Exit, is in order - lateral within the company if it makes sense, but there is a rather broad job market out there, from time to time.

    When I say "skillet labor" I'm more referring to walk-on jobs that require little or no training or experience. Most successful business seem to fill themselves with these low cost highly fungible cogs. It's not that the employees lack education, experience, talent, etc. it is more that the successful business models avoid paying for those things as much as possible.

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