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Work Strain the cause of health problems in retirement

28 Jan 14  | Life Sciences |  Recruitment News
The stresses and strains put on employees have an effect on their personal health in later life, a survey into stress within the workplace has revealed.

The researchers found that those individuals with more stressful jobs were admitted to 
hospital more times than those who were relaxed about their occupation.

Work strain is thought to be caused by tight deadlines, a heavy workload and having little control over what tasks the employee is given, according to

The researchers surveyed 5,000 people working in the public sector in 1981 about the levels of stress they experienced at work and tracked their medical records for the next 20 years.

Lead researcher, Mikaela von Bonsdorff, told that when talking about the stresses and strains of work it is important to remember that the occasional feeling of stress is not necessarily a bad thing, but a continued high level of stress could be damaging to an individual's health.

Ms von Bonsdorf said: "What was interesting was that these associations were clear also when we looked at hospital care that took place after the individuals had turned 65, indicating that these associations were also robust in older age and not that the association was due to hospital care that took place immediately after the baseline assessment of job strain."
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