Australian National University researchers have found that, from a mental health perspective, you may be better off being unemployed rather than being in a bad job. Using data from the 20-year Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project, the team looked at the mental health effects of being in a “bad job” – a job with low security, high stress and little control.
“Our research had two main findings. First, we found that those in poor quality jobs had poorer mental health than those in good quality work. People who were in a bad job were five times more likely to be categorized as depressed and twice as likely to be categorized as anxious than those in good quality work.