Emo­tional at­tach­ment to work good for your health

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Here’s yet an­other rea­son to stop com­plain­ing about work load in of­fice and love what you do! Work­ers who feel emo­tion­ally at­tached to and iden­tify with their work have bet­ter psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing, says a new study.

Ef­forts to in­crease af­fec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tional com­mit­ment (AOC)—the em­ployee’s emo­tional at­tach­ment to, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with, and in­volve­ment in the or­gan­i­sa­tion—may lead to a hap­pier, health­ier work­force, and pos­si­bly con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing em­ployee turnover, the study said.

Thomas Clausen from Na­tional Re­search Cen­tre for the Work­ing En­vi­ron­ment in Copen­hagen, Den­mark, and col­leagues looked at how AOC af­fected psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing and other health-re­lated out­comes in ap­prox­i­mately 5,000 Dan­ish el­der­care work­ers, or­gan­ised into 300 groups.

The re­sults showed sig­nif­i­cantly higher well-be­ing for employees in groups with higher AOC.

Groups with high AOC also had lower sick­ness ab­sence rates and fewer sleep dis­tur­bances, as re­ported by work­ers.

The find­ings sug­gest that strate­gies aimed at en­hanc­ing em­ployee’s emo­tional at­tach­ment to work might help to ad­dress the high rates of burnout and turnover among employees in health­care and el­der­care ser­vices.

The study ap­peared in the Jour­nal of Oc­cu­pa­tional and En­vi­ron­men­tal Medicine.

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