March 2018

Finding and Keeping Work: impact of low wellbeing

Finding and Keeping Work: impact of low wellbeing
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Are people with lower wellbeing more likely to lose their jobs, or move into long-term sick-leave, care or early retirement? Are they less likely to get back into work if unemployed? Wellbeing and mental health are distinct issues, and this review looked at both.

This review found international evidence to show that those with poor mental health are at greater risk of being out of work (for example, on sick leave) or unemployed, and therefore more likely to receive disability or unemployment welfare support. The evidence also shows that poor mental health may be particularly damaging for the employment prospects of young adults.

 

There is good evidence that transitions into and out of work affect wellbeing. But the evidence base is much sparser when it comes to the impact of our wellbeing on how likely we are to become unemployed or (re)employed. This review found international evidence to show that those with poor mental health are at greater risk of being out of work (for example, on sick leave) or unemployed, and therefore more likely to receive disability or unemployment welfare support. The evidence also shows that poor mental health may be particularly damaging for the employment prospects of young adults.
A larger evidence base is needed on whether targeting wellbeing itself is better than targeting other, more directly related factors, such as employability skills.

Are you going to be up to do the job, or will you just be out of your comfort zone?

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