Researchers at Canada's Concordia University and the University of Montreal queried nearly 2,000 employees at more than 60 workplaces regarding workplace stressors such as unpaid overtime, crummy co-workers, bad bosses, and constant deadline pressure.
Just for fun, they threw in a look at employees' home life to see what, if any, impact it was having on their level of work stress, general ability to work, and overall mental health. This look at home life included gauging prenatal status (presumably, whether or not kids were in the picture), self-esteem issues, and overall physical health. Then the researchers compared both sides of the workplace coin, and, well, here's the official press release's two cents about it:
Turns out mental health in the workplace doesn't exist in a vacuum; it's deeply affected by the rest of a person's day-to-day life, and vice versa.Wow, our workplace stress might not be such a puzzle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma after all! Simply put, a supportive, communicative boss at work is key to workplace success, but a supportive, score-keeping-light home life might be just as important, if not more so, to our overall workplace performance. It echoes the findings of a 2011 research study into the impact an unemployed spouse can have on his or her employed partner's work performance.
The study shows that fewer mental health problems are experienced by those living with a partner, in households with young children, higher household incomes, less work-family conflicts and greater access to the support of a social network outside the workplace.
Of course, factors within the workplace are still important. Fewer mental health problems are reported when employees are supported at work, when expectations of job recognition are met and when people feel secure in their jobs. A higher level of skill use is also associated with lower levels of depression, pointing to the importance of designing tasks that motivate and challenge workers.
So, there you have it. Forget the prenup. Perhaps modern marriage should come with a non-compete agreement instead?