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Workers with job flexibility and security have better mental health

Accepted submission by Freeman at 2024-03-26 14:29:21 from the beatings shall continue until morale improves dept.
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https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/03/job-flexibility-and-security-linked-to-better-mental-health-among-workers/ [arstechnica.com]

American workers who have more flexibility and security in their jobs also have better mental health, according to a study of 2021 survey data [jamanetwork.com] 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.
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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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