What makes a bad job “bad”?

by Frank Roche on March 16, 2011

in Awards, Benefits, Careers, Culture, Economy, Environment, Ethics, Interviewing, Management, Motivation, Performance

A few days ago, CNN ran an article originally created for Health.com about bad jobs being worse than no job for one’s mental health. This got me thinking. What makes a bad job “bad”? The study shows that after unemployed people find work, their mental health improves, but only if the new job is rewarding and manageable. If the newly employed person is hired at a job that’s poor-quality, it could be more harmful to their mental health.

The article suggests many factors that could make an employee’s mental health decline – job control, compensation, job security. But, isn’t it in total the company culture? Are companies not offering the same advantages as they once did because they no longer have to?

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