Work best prescription for speedy recovery

Early intervention, flexible schedule can also help with disability management
By Annette Gibbs
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2013

For most people, having a job is a huge part of their life. But working is more than just a way to make money, support a family and contribute to the economy.

On a personal level, work provides a normalcy and day-to-day rhythm that creates a sense of security and control, promotes self-esteem and meets important psychosocial needs. In short, work can — and should — contribute to good physical and mental health.

That notion is backed by considerable research. Gordon Waddell and Kim Burton, researchers in the United Kingdom, said work can pose a risk to physical and psychological health but unemployment is associated with poorer general health, higher mortality, psychological distress and mental health issues, as well as higher consumption of medication and health-care services.