Income, boredom and health have affected wellbeing

2 Sep 2021 By Jyoti Rambhai

Study reveals insecure income and physical health were most likely to affect staff wellbeing during the first lockdown

Insecure income, boredom and worsening physical health were the biggest factors affecting employee wellbeing in the first lockdown, new research by Emlyon Business School has found.

The study surveyed 1,000 managers, highly skilled professionals, skilled manual workers, clerical assistants, teachers, nurses and others across the UK and France.

It asked respondents questions related to their working life in order to understand what was having the most impact on wellbeing.

According to the researchers, those who had job insecurity and boredom in their role could also experience physical health issues because of the loss and gain spirals theory, where the loss of money or job security leads to further loss, for example exercise, which can result in deteriorating wellbeing.

The study also highlighted that some employees had a positive wellbeing experience during the lockdown.

Lotta Harju, professor of organisational behaviour at Emlyon, said the lack of long commutes and more family time meant some “thrived” during lockdown and reported “a decrease in their workloads … and stable physical health”.

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