Job insecurity

The Physical Effects of Job Insecurity in the Workplace

Farmington, CT (August 25, 2017) – When companies make budget cuts, plan mergers or acquisitions, restructure or begin outsourcing positions, employee can suffer from insecurities revolving around their job security. Job-related stress is causing the American workforce to suffer from both physical and mental ailments, according to new research from Ball State University.1 This study reveals that heart disease, loss of sleep and psychological distress are common among employees who feel their jobs are not secure.

The Ball State University research was compiled from an analysis comprised of 17,441 people who participated in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), collected annually on a broad range of health topics through personal household interviews. Over a 12-month period, 33% (one in three) of the respondents of the survey regarded their job to be insecure.

“Job insecure individuals will not be able to maintain good health and with time, will suffer from chronic diseases leading to healthcare and productivity loss-related costs for employers across the country,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, a community health education professor at Ball State University and the study’s lead author.

“To resolve this issue, employers need to take action to ensure a health-conscious workforce.”Jagdish Khubchandani

Those who reported being job insecure:

  • had significantly higher odds of being obese, sleeping less than six hours a day, smoking every day, missing work for more than two weeks and experiencing a decline in their general health in the past year;

  • were nearly five times more likely to have had a serious mental illness within the past 30 days than those who were not insecure about their jobs;

  • were significantly more likely to report pain conditions (i.e. headaches, neck pain, and low back pain), and lifetime histories of having ulcers, diabetes, hypertension, angina pectoris, and coronary heart diseases1.

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1 “Association of Job Insecurity with Health Risk Factors and Poorer Health”, Journal of Community Health, April, 2017

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