Home of­fice isn’t nec­es­sar­ily less stress­ful

The Gympie Times - - HEALTY LIVING - bodyand­soul.com.au

WORK­ING from home sounds like a dream come true, how­ever a new study has shown some per­son­al­ity types ac­tu­ally end up more stressed out when they work re­motely.

Pub­lished in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Work and Or­gan­i­sa­tional Psy­chol­ogy, re­searchers sur­veyed 403 work­ing adults to mea­sure their au­ton­omy (level of in­de­pen­dence), emo­tional sta­bil­ity, and strain (ex­haus­tion, dis­en­gage­ment, and dis­sat­is­fac­tion).

The re­sults found that those who had high emo­tional sta­bil­ity and au­ton­omy work pro­duc­tively at home, while those who had high lev­els of job au­ton­omy and lower lev­els of emo­tional sta­bil­ity were more likely to end up stressed and anx­ious.

“If some­thing stress­ful hap­pens at work, a per­son who is high on emo­tional sta­bil­ity would take it in stride, re­main pos­i­tive, and fig­ure out how to ad­dress it,” said the study’s lead au­thor Sara Perry, PhD.

“A per­son low on emo­tional sta­bil­ity might get frus­trated and dis­cour­aged, ex­pend­ing en­ergy with those emo­tions in­stead of on the is­sue at hand.”

The re­search shows that although work­ing from home pro­vides em­ploy­ees a level of flex­i­bil­ity, for some peo­ple in par­tic­u­larly, it might not be ben­e­fi­cial for your emo­tional and men­tal health.

“If some­one doesn’t han­dle stress well in the of­fice, they’re not likely to han­dle it well at home ei­ther.”

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