Health Don’t bring work woe home; it’s contagious

Don’t bring work woe home; it’s contagious

If you’re heading back to office from the beach after a long summer break, make sure you keep your workplace woes at home.

Turns out your office stress can be contagious.

That’s the finding from a Griffith University researcher who examined 16 couples and what happens when one of them spoke to the other about what was stressing them out at work.

Professor Paula Brough found workplace stress was being transferred from one partner to another at home. Half of the study participants said it had significantly impacted their relationship.

“Our research found transferred stress is very real and does occur and affects couples with or without children” says Professor Brough.

“Psychologists call the phenomenon ‘stress contagion’.”

Talking about work stress with a partner also had an impact on their work health and well-being, Professor Brough explained.

The findings also highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and workplace policies that protect mental health.

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