WORK IS GOOD FOR YOU

Employment Yields Many Benefits

For most of us, being employed means that we can pay rent or a mortgage on our home, have a car, buy groceries, wear nice clothes and the means to spend on the things that we like to do. We can all agree that financial responsibility is what a job brings, but are there any other benefits that we can enjoy?

Employment benefits a person in many different ways besides financially. It benefits your mental health, physical health, well-being, boosts your self-esteem, builds your self confidence and self worth.

Working can also give you more independence and more control over your own life. When you work, you are learning new things, getting more skills, and making friends with people you meet through your job.

Another reason why people work is to contribute to society. This means that jobs exist not only for your benefit, but jobs also let you help others. For example, let’s say I have a job in an office delivering the mail. I’m helping the whole office save time and get stuff done.

Work Yields Physical and Mental Health Benefits

Work is good for your physical and mental health.
A research review from the United Kingdom by Professor Gordon Waddell and Professor Kim Burton posed the question, ‘Is work good for your health and wellbeing?’, and concluded that overall, the beneficial effects of work outweigh the risks.

The studies have also shown that, for those that took time off of work due to a physical injury, the longer you have off work, the longer it takes to return to work. We call this ‘the health benefits of good work.’ There have been lots of other studies to show that people who go back to work often end up with a shorter recovery time than those who don’t. Working, whether paid or unpaid, is good for our health and wellbeing. It contributes to our happiness, helps us to build confidence and self-esteem, and rewards us financially. Because of these benefits, it is important to return to work as soon as possible after an illness or injury.

Being in work boosts your self-esteem by giving you a day-to-day purpose. The evidence is compelling: for most individuals, working improves general health and wellbeing and reduces psychological distress.

The evidence shows that good work may benefit an individual by:

1.) Ensuring that some physical activity is undertaken on work days

2.) Providing a sense of community and social inclusion

3.) Allowing workers to feel they are making a contribution to their family and society

4.) Giving structure to days and weeks

5.) Providing financial security

6.) Decreasing the likelihood that an individual will engage in risky behaviours

Work Helps Recovery After Injury Or Illness

Researchers found that after a person has suffered from a physical injury or illness, returning to work is an effective treatment. It’s important to know that you don’t have to wait until you are 100% recovered before you return to work. In fact, recovery at work, with duties and hours that suit your condition, is often the best medicine.

The evidence demonstrates that:

1.) Work is an important part of rehabilitation and recovery

2.) The longer someone is off work, the less chance they have of returning

3.) Most common health conditions will not be ‘cured’ by treatment

4.) Work is a therapeutic intervention, meaning it is a part of the treatment

5.) Typically, waiting for recovery will actually delay the recovery

6.) Staying away from work may lead to depression, isolation and poorer health

7.) Employer-supported, early return to work helps recovery, prevents de-conditioning and helps provide people with appropriate social contacts and support mechanisms

Final Thoughts

Thomas Edison, the great inventor, was once encouraged by his wife to take a vacation. He responded by stating that he couldn't think of anything he would rather do than work in his laboratory.

Most people who choose their occupations wisely, thoroughly enjoy their work. They are rewarded financially, physically, psychologically, and personally. Work also helps them heal from sickness and injury, making them healthier throughout their lives. Their work contributes to their overall happiness, it gives purpose and meaning to their lives.

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