The study found about 33 percent of all individuals said they felt insecure at work. In other findings, 14% of males were more likely than females to report serious job insecurity. Ironically, researchers also found those workers who reported job insecurity were more likely to be overweight and smoke, have short sleep duration, and did not take part in regular physical activity.
The females who took part in this study and claimed to have high rates of job insecurity also tended to also have the following health ailments:
- work-life imbalance
- worsening general health in the past year
- pain disorders, including migraine and neck pain
However, men who were job insecure were more likely to miss more than two weeks of work in the past year, and suffer from severe chest pain, ulcers and hypertension.
- improving communication between management and workers
- reducing conflicting or uncertain job responsibilities
- establishing programs to recognize workers’ accomplishments
- helping workers to improve work-life balance
- job sharing
- child support programs