A research review from the United Kingdom posed the question, ‘Is work good for your health and wellbeing?’, and concluded that overall, the beneficial effects of work outweigh the risks.
In addition, the review’s authors — Professor Gordon Waddell and Professor Kim Burton — show that the health benefits of work are much greater than the harmful effects of long term unemployment or prolonged sickness absence.
The evidence shows that good work may benefit an individual by:
- Ensuring that some physical activity is undertaken on work days
- Providing a sense of community and social inclusion
- Allowing workers to feel they are making a contribution to their family and society
- Giving structure to days and weeks
- Providing financial security
- Decreasing the likelihood that an individual will engage in risky behaviours