Employers, if you're looking for yet another bottom-line reason to pay attention to passion, take note. A new analysis of hundreds of job satisfaction studies shows a clear connection between job satisfaction and health, especially mental health.
Researchers from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) undertook a systematic review of 485 studies covering 267,995 individuals, evaluating the research evidence linking job satisfaction to physical and mental wellbeing. The authors say that the combined findings 'provided, for the first time, a clear indication of the immensely strong relationship between job satisfaction and both mental and physical health.' They add: 'The relationships are particularly impressive for aspects of mental health, specifically burnout, lowered self-esteem, anxiety, and depression, where it can now be confirmed that dissatisfaction at work can be hazardous to an employee's mental health and wellbeing.'
All of which adds up to a bottom-line impact through absenteeism, lower productivity, and health care costs.