Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Stress in older workers

A U.S. study into stress at work has found that older workers generally cope better than younger ones, who struggle with the demands of raising a family and job security. The study of 1,544 people between the ages of 53 and 85 - all of whom were working at least 20 hours a week - by researchers at the University of Michigan examined the different kinds of work stress experienced by the participants and their levels of happiness and physical health. Just over half said that they suffered from competing demands made on them at work and 47% agreed that time pressures were a source of job stress. However, only 19% said that they had poor job security, only 15% said that work interfered with their personal lives and only 2% said that their personal lives interfered with their work. Those workers who experienced less job stress were more satisfied with their life and in better physical health than those who had higher levels of stress at work.

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