Being unemployed may be better for your mental state than having a job you hate. According to a new Australian study, having an unstable, demanding and thankless job could make you unhappier than not having a job at all.
Once upon a time, researchers thought having a job made a person feel needed and fulfilled. That may be true if you have a job you enjoy, but securing a bad job is taxing on mental health. Experts at Australian National University decided to investigate how a person’s job affects individual well-being. They analyzed seven years of data from over 7,000 respondents of an Australian labor survey for the Occupational and Environmental Medicine study and found low quality jobs that came with high demands, low decision making control, high insecurity and decreased rewards had a higher negative effect than joblessness.