High-stress jobs shorten your life span
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Pressure at workplace is unavoidable due to demands of the contemporary work environment. But when this pressure becomes excessive it leads to stress that adversely impact your health. A new research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business discovers that those in high-stress jobs with little control over their workflow die younger or are less healthy as compared those who have more flexibility and discretion in their jobs.

The researchers used a longitudinal sample of 2,363 Wisconsin residents in their 60s over a seven-year period. They, then, discovered that for individuals in low-control jobs, high job demands are associated with a 15.4 per cent increase in the likelihood of death as against low job demands. For those in high-control jobs, high job demands are linked with a 34 per cent decrease in the likelihood of death compared to low job demands.

Erik Gonzalez-Mulé, the lead author of this research, said, "We explored job demands, or the amount of work, time pressure and concentration demands of a job, and job control, or the amount of discretion one has over making decisions at work, as joint predictors of death."

"These findings suggest that stressful jobs have clear negative consequences for employee health when paired with low freedom in decision-making, while stressful jobs can actually be beneficial to employee health if also paired with freedom in decision-making," added Erik Gonzalez-Mulé.

According to the researchers, The negative health consequences can be avoided if employees are allowed to set their own goals, set their own schedules, prioritize their decision-making , etc.

"When you don't have the necessary resources to deal with a demanding job, you do this other stuff," Gonzalez-Mulé said. "You might eat more, you might smoke, you might engage in some of these things to cope with it." And cancer research studies have discovered a link between eating poorly and developing the disease; at 55 per cent, cancer was the leading cause of death of those in the paper's sample. Other leading causes of death were circulatory system ailments, 22 per cent; and respiratory system ailments, 8 per cent.

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