Is work good for your health and well-being?

Gordon Waddell, Anthony Burton

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


There is a strong evidence base showing that work is generally good for physical and mental health and well-being.Worklessness is associated with poorer physical and mental health and well-being. Work can be therapeutic and can reverse the adverse health effects of unemployment. That is true for healthy people of working age, for many disabled people, for most people with common health problems and for social security beneficiaries. The provisos are that account must be taken of the nature and quality of work and its social context; jobs should be safe and accommodating.Overall, the beneficial effects of work outweigh the risks of work, and are greater than the harmful effects of long-term unemployment or prolonged
sickness absence.Work is generally good for health and well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Commissioning bodyDepartment for Work and Pensions
Number of pages246
ISBN (Print)0117036943
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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