Health-wise you’re better off jobless than having a bad job, study says


Do an Andy and walk away

There’s a saying that goes,  ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ And while that’s the dream, sometimes it’s all about the hustle ’cause those bills ain’t gonna pay themselves!

If you’re lucky enough to be working in a career you love, you’re definitely winning, but if you’re in a poor-quality job you could be putting your health and wellbeing at risk, according to a new study.

In case you’re wondering how you would define a ‘poor-quality’ job, researchers at the Australian National University say it’s one that’s boring, below a person’s skill level, or is unstable.

In the wake of the global financial crisis, these sorts of jobs and their negative effects can still be felt by workers today.


The study’s author Peter Butterworth told Mashable that “those who moved into optimal jobs showed significant improvement in mental health compared to those who remained unemployed.

“Those respondents who moved into poor-quality jobs showed a significant worsening in their mental health compared to those who remained unemployed.”

Basically the study was questioning whether working in any job – regardless of whether it was one that promoted any sense of well-being – was better than having no job at all. Essentially, it ain’t.

So, if you’re struggling at work, and it’s more than just a bad day, it could be time to think about your next step, and who knows your dream job might just be around the corner!

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