Recent Research Findings: Job
Satisfaction vs. Sick Leave and /or Absenteeism
Researchers at Englands Manchester University say if you feel you are underpaid
and are fed up, you are a prime candidate for a pain in the back. Their study is based on
interviews with 1,600 people, half of whom were employed.
Doctors say there was little difference in the risk of backache between those who had
work and those who did not. But those who were unhappy about their job status, whether in
work or currently unemployed, were twice as likely to suffer from the ailment.
Workers unhappy about their salaries were three times more likely to go for medical
help or simply take time off work than those satisfied with the money they were getting.
The researchers say the study refutes the myth that those who suffer from pain in the
lower back are just work-shy.
Tolerance of stress levels differs from person to person. Some people are able to
sustain a highly stressful lifestyle or adapt themselves to a series of stressful events
easily. However, many others succumb more readily to a variety of stress-related illnesses
and even accidental injuries.