WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29 (HealthDay News) -- People worried about
losing their jobs become dissatisfied with many aspects of their
life and their work performance, and their commitment suffers, a
new study indicates.
Spanish psychologists analyzed questionnaires completed by 321
workers with an average age of 32 who had jobs in hospitals,
supermarkets and commercial distribution companies, or were
temporary work agency employees.
As the fear of job loss increases, "people are less satisfied
with their personal, work and family lives and they are less
committed to their work," study co-author Amparo Caballer, a
researcher in the psychology department at the University of
Valencia, said in a Plataforma SINC news release.
The researchers also found that job insecurity has different
effects on blue-collar workers (supermarket shelf-stockers or
hospital attendants, for example), white-collar workers (office or
administration) and professionals (nurses, doctors or
When faced with job uncertainty, blue-collar workers "are less
satisfied with life and they work less productively than the other
groups studied," Caballer said.
The study was published in
The Spanish Journal of Psychology.
Spain is suffering very high levels of unemployment, with the
latest estimates putting the jobless rate at nearly 23 percent.
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