Workplace stressors & health outcomes: Health policy for the workplace

Published on Jan 1, 2015
· DOI :10.1353/bsp.2015.0001
Joel Goh9
Estimated H-index: 9
Jeffrey Pfeffer83
Estimated H-index: 83
Stefanos A. Zenios29
Estimated H-index: 29
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Extensive research focuses on the causes of workplace-induced stress. However, policy efforts to tackle the ever-increasing health costs and poor health outcomes in the United States have largely ignored the health effects of psychosocial workplace stressors such as high job demands, economic insecurity, and long work hours. Using meta-analysis, we summarize 228 studies assessing the effects of ten workplace stressors on four health outcomes. We find that job insecurity increases the odds of reporting poor health by about 50%, high job demands raise the odds of having a physician-diagnosed illness by 35%, and long work hours increase mortality by almost 20%. Therefore, policies designed to reduce health costs and improve health outcomes should account for the health effects of the workplace environment.
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