A Bad Job Damages Your Mental Health As Much As Unemployment

Mike RoweWrites Tim Barribeau on io9.com:

Being unemployed is generally regarded as detrimental to your mental health, with the prevailing wisdom being that gainful employment will fix you right up. Unfortunately, according to research published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a crappy job can be just as bad — if not worse — than unemployment.

Analyzing more than 7,000 working-age Australians across a great number of data points, the researchers found that people defined good jobs as ones that provided a defined social role and purpose, friendships, and structured time (among other things). Being hired into these kinds of jobs resulted in an overall improvement in mental health. Conversely, those in jobs that offered little control, were very demanding, and provided little support and reward lead to a general decrease in mental health.

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  • Guest

    Daily Commute.

    We wait not for sun to rise,
    Nor morning coffee to arrive.
    Side by side we stand,
    As sardines in tin cans.

    Faces of many, reflections of one,
    Zombies waiting till journey’s done.
    Had our dreams vanished,
    With youthful years and easy shed tears.

    All’s not well in green unpleasant lands,
    Where banker and politician take with both hands.
    Where corporations poison and grow fat,
    With no ethical compass lesser than pig and or rat.

    Darker is the well of media manipulation,
    Hand in hand with prophets of faux education.
    But all with time falls under light,
    We hope those who learn can make right.
    – Jon Solis. jonsol69.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Daily Commute.

    We wait not for sun to rise,
    Nor morning coffee to arrive.
    Side by side we stand,
    As sardines in tin cans.

    Faces of many, reflections of one,
    Zombies waiting till journey’s done.
    Had our dreams vanished,
    With youthful years and easy shed tears.

    All’s not well in green unpleasant lands,
    Where banker and politician take with both hands.
    Where corporations poison and grow fat,
    With no ethical compass lesser than pig and or rat.

    Darker is the well of media manipulation,
    Hand in hand with prophets of faux education.
    But all with time falls under light,
    We hope those who learn can make right.
    – Jon Solis. jonsol69.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/elphud Pfad Rhamses XV

    This! Every shit-nowhere job I’ve had made me a miserable wreck. Now that I’m unemployed, I’m happy as hell. All hail the New Normal!

    • Spiritualclarity

      theres some truth 2 that. only thing is…you have to figure out how to keep a roof over your head!

  • http://twitter.com/elphud Pfad Rhamses XV

    This! Every shit-nowhere job I’ve had made me a miserable wreck. Now that I’m unemployed, I’m happy as hell. All hail the New Normal!

  • Georgia

    Work is dangerous to your mental health. Showing up five or more days a week to a shit job can’t be healthy.

  • Georgia

    Work is dangerous to your mental health. Showing up five or more days a week to a shit job can’t be healthy.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This seems to make good intuitive sense. It’s like the difference between being rejected by a group you don’t want to belong to vs. a group you do want to belong to.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This seems to make good intuitive sense. It’s like the difference between being rejected by a group you don’t want to belong to vs. a group you do want to belong to.

  • Andrew

    Regarding the picture: Physical labor is not necessarily a bad job. A desk job with a bitchy boss can be much worse.

  • Andrew

    Regarding the picture: Physical labor is not necessarily a bad job. A desk job with a bitchy boss can be much worse.

  • Andrew

    Regarding the picture: Physical labor is not necessarily a bad job. A desk job with a bitchy boss can be much worse.

  • DeepCough

    Does this mean Starbucks will start adding anti-depressant chasers to their morning lattes for these poor 9-to-5 saps?

  • DeepCough

    Does this mean Starbucks will start adding anti-depressant chasers to their morning lattes for these poor 9-to-5 saps?

  • goodjohnjr

    I agree, for some of us, certain bad jobs; can definitely be worse for our mental health than unemployment, and I have personally experienced this before. ;)

  • goodjohnjr

    I agree, for some of us, certain bad jobs; can definitely be worse for our mental health than unemployment, and I have personally experienced this before. ;)

  • robertpinkerton

    Johnso169, I liked your poem enough that I copied it — with full credit — to my own poetry folder.

    Forty-one years ago, I joined a small suburban Police department. I will not name it further, because it has been significantly reformed since I was there: Two complete turnovers of management and three complete turnovers — including two firings of command personnel for corruption — of operative personnel; but when I joined, it was an ill-favored cross between Police Academy and Animal House, flavored by an almost-pervasive bigotry. At the time when I joined, I was a new-mint university graduate, with plans for law school, and an idealist of the Right.

    From my “brother” officers, I learned that:
    1. For a gentile, to be called a Jew by an anti-semite actually is an honor.
    2. The corrupt cop’s enemy is not the villain — the corrupt cop is corrupt because he has made a separate peace with the villain — but the idealistic cop.
    3. Ironic as it might seem, it is from them that I learned to call Police “pig!”

    Immediately after resigning (My letter of resignation ended with, “I quit, fuck you!” to the Safety Director.) I proceeded at my own unprompted initiative to a psychiatrist. As a result of the time I spent with that department, my own marriage went the way of so many Police marriages, and my plans for law school went completely by the board.

    • goodjohnjr

      That sounded terrible :( , hopefully things are going better for you now.

    • Guest

      Feel free to copy all the poems you wish. I have made most of the poetry works free for non commercial use on the blogsite. They are the most upto date, as I may tweak them on occassion. Some are suited to be used in cards to frends and or loved ones or simply as inspiration to new and better ideas.

      Many have once said.
      “If I have a coin and give it to you, then you have a coin and I have none.
      If I have an idea and give it to you, then you have an idea and so do I.”

      Matter can only transform. The immaterial is infinate.
      There are great websites with listings of quotes and or sayings. So much depth of comprehension, insight, wisdom and inspiration can be found in them.
      jonsol69.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Johnso169, I liked your poem enough that I copied it — with full credit — to my own poetry folder.

    Forty-one years ago, I joined a small suburban Police department. I will not name it further, because it has been significantly reformed since I was there: Two complete turnovers of management and three complete turnovers — including two firings of command personnel for corruption — of operative personnel; but when I joined, it was an ill-favored cross between Police Academy and Animal House, flavored by an almost-pervasive bigotry. At the time when I joined, I was a new-mint university graduate, with plans for law school, and an idealist of the Right.

    From my “brother” officers, I learned that:
    1. For a gentile, to be called a Jew by an anti-semite actually is an honor.
    2. The corrupt cop’s enemy is not the villain — the corrupt cop is corrupt because he has made a separate peace with the villain — but the idealistic cop.
    3. Ironic as it might seem, it is from them that I learned to call Police “pig!”

    Immediately after resigning (My letter of resignation ended with, “I quit, fuck you!” to the Safety Director.) I proceeded at my own unprompted initiative to a psychiatrist. As a result of the time I spent with that department, my own marriage went the way of so many Police marriages, and my plans for law school went completely by the board.

  • goodjohnjr

    That sounded terrible :( , hopefully things are going better for you now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDD5IN7FABIG7WGWY6D2ZFSZXQ Bored

    damn it I knew it! i got my degree in a beloved field that i aspired to since childhood..yet i always just found a job–to pay the bills.. at every job i was more intelligent than my supervisors..i got fired over and over until i finally started asking to resign instead of being fired( they happpily agree one was american airlines and the other a county civil service stupid csa job,because they thought–ha !no unemployment-wrong!! ha! `

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDD5IN7FABIG7WGWY6D2ZFSZXQ Bored

    damn it I knew it! i got my degree in a beloved field that i aspired to since childhood..yet i always just found a job–to pay the bills.. at every job i was more intelligent than my supervisors..i got fired over and over until i finally started asking to resign instead of being fired( they happpily agree one was american airlines and the other a county civil service stupid csa job,because they thought–ha !no unemployment-wrong!! ha! as the years went by–i ended up as an adjunct prof in my beloved field hired while working for another job i got fired from America West now -poof! whose manager mocked with disbelief that i was teaching??? in the end a smart aleck judge who was trying to take my mother’s home in a collection suit on behalf of the nursing home that was mistreating her( she had fallen 17 times) the smart ass said..when i complained of the weekly court meetings that i had to go to work, well why don’t you apply for disability..disability?? wha? oh k smart ass–I marched to s.s. and told them boldly–(“the judge sent me here and told me to apply” next what was my disability–didn’t know i had one–and may those who have failing kidneys and other diseases that are chronic and fatal and have to fight tooth and nail to get disability forgive me.) they sent me to a psycyh–ah well he turned out to be one of my countrymen–he asked what was going on–i told him about the attempt to leave my mother without a home and my court battles..he asked me a question out of the blue–who was the last president–before Bush–I said i don’t remember–I really wanted to say I don’t give a ufck..but he wasn’t my enemy he said he was going to help me..next a letter from ss–questionnaire…why can’t you go to work? I wrote “..because I am too diligent, intelligent, detail oriented, honest , have integrity and customer service driven that’s why. They asked me what do you do when you get up in the a.m. -I responded I put my clothes on and head for the nursing home to make sure my mother is alive.. a few acquaintances told me..you won’t get it the first time but keep on trying..to which I smirked–well three months later I was approved..now. It is from money I put into the system not ssi people who never worked who in my mind knew more than we did! or the jailbirds who automatically get it and all these add, ahds, autistic children due to toxic levels of chemicals that have damaged genetic codes.

    So I have the last laugh. Mom did pass away a year ago this March–am still in her house-i enrolled in law school–I have four years…(the police dude-don’t give up buddy you CAN enroll online…) look into it..I will be about 65 or 66 when I graduate…that’s young enough for those in good health which I am..and am going to kick some serious ass.

    Yes, working for slave wages with dumb assed people around you-dumb supervisors, restrictive policies no compassion, no understanding,dishonesty, cheating , lying low life dirty humans is anathema to the soul. My story is actual-I was never a “company man,” but I was always gracious and well mannered. Fck the working world and how they deny folks the right to live in the pursuit of happiness–for those who knew the game and now get big big civil service pensions..good for you. You were willing to eat crow for the reward–to each his own..for those who made big bucks faking the funk..more power to you..for those who ran your own businesses and did it your way..way to go! Today’s techies think they are entitled to big bucks..young folks are all about money..don’t know jack shyt about anything but they know how to get that $20.00 and hour gig..despite not being able to put together a cohesive English sentence..more power to you..it’s all going to crash one fine day..

    some smart aleck chick who was shot in drive by and paralyzed from the waist down–told me not being able to hold a job is a disability–really? she should know..no education, no training, no skills, got a house for free, a special car for free, big t.v., computer/laptops..but I would not trade places..hanging out with gangs in LV and getting shot..No thanks, and as I get older I’ve really lost my patience with the b.s.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s face it, there are so many shit jobs out there. It doesn’t matter how technical or menial the work you do is.
    I think humans, whether we realize it or not, like to feel that we are accomplishing something meanigful in our labors. So many of us feel that we are running in circles -accomplishing trivial tasks that benefit few and often have an underlying dark and detrimnetal effect on humanity and nature. Take your average office – a veritable “tree eating” enterprise. The amount of paper used in copiers and printers could deforest the planet in a matter of decades. Most people work for industies that suck off more resourses and opportunities than they create.
    So yes, the work scene is a fucking depressing one for alot of people. Unemployment could be a blessing if we could actually find something useful to do…….FREE THE ZOMBIES!!

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Let’s face it, there are so many shit jobs out there. It doesn’t matter how technical or menial the work you do is.
    I think humans, whether we realize it or not, like to feel that we are accomplishing something meanigful in our labors. So many of us feel that we are running in circles -accomplishing trivial tasks that benefit few and often have an underlying dark and detrimnetal effect on humanity and nature. Take your average office – a veritable “tree eating” enterprise. The amount of paper used in copiers and printers could deforest the planet in a matter of decades. Most people work for industies that suck off more resourses and opportunities than they create.
    So yes, the work scene is a fucking depressing one for alot of people. Unemployment could be a blessing if we could actually find something useful to do…….FREE THE ZOMBIES!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricky-James-Moore-II/1685116178 Ricky James Moore II

      This is nonsense. If they are making a profit that means outputs are more valuable than inputs.

      Also, while your ‘mental health’ (what a nonsense term) may be adversely affected by a bad job, you pocket book will benefit over unemployment; unless you’re a useless cad who lives on the dole.

      • Jin The Ninja

        Typical fox news talking/puking points.

        Puke.

  • Richard

    Saying that being in a crappy job is better than being unemployed is like saying that being punched in the face is better than being kicked in the nuts.

  • Richard

    Saying that being in a crappy job is better than being unemployed is like saying that being punched in the face is better than being kicked in the nuts.

  • jonsol69

    Feel free to copy all the poems you wish. I have made most of the poetry works free for non commercial use on the blogsite. They are the most upto date, as I may tweak them on occassion. Some are suited to be used in cards to frends and or loved ones or simply as inspiration to new and better ideas.

    Many have once said.
    “If I have a coin and give it to you, then you have a coin and I have none.
    If I have an idea and give it to you, then you have an idea and so do I.”

    Matter can only transform. The immaterial is infinate.
    There are great websites with listings of quotes and or sayings. So much depth of comprehension, insight, wisdom and inspiration can be found in them.
    jonsol69.blogspot.com

  • C4D4V3R

    I would totally do Mike Rowe. He is an attractive man.

  • C4D4V3R

    I would totally do Mike Rowe. He is an attractive man.

  • Spiritualclarity

    theres some truth 2 that. only thing is…you have to figure out how to keep a roof over your head!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricky-James-Moore-II/1685116178 Ricky James Moore II

    This is nonsense. If they are making a profit that means outputs are more valuable than inputs.

    Also, while your ‘mental health’ (what a nonsense term) may be adversely affected by a bad job, you pocket book will benefit over unemployment; unless you’re a useless cad who lives on the dole.

  • Anonymous

    Typical fox news talking/puking points.

    Puke.

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