According to results taken from a 20 year long study, individuals who reported having a low level of social support were 2.4 times more likely to die during that time than those who reported having supportive colleagues.
The study, which was conducted by experts at the Department of Organizational Behavior at Tel Aviv University’s Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, followed 820 working adults aged between 25 and 65, all of whom worked an average of 8.8 hours each day.
The study participants selected were from a variety of different backgrounds so as to insure risk factors such as psychological and behavioural issues, smoking and obesity etc were covered.
In addition, experts also ensured that the participants came from a variety of different employment fields, ranging from finance right through to healthcare.
Once selected, the participants were questioned about their relationships with their colleagues at work and were asked whether they found their superiors to be friendly or approachable.
The results of the study showed that of all the participants who died during the study, the vast majority of them had reported bad social connections with co-workers
Individuals who did lack emotional support led a 140% increased risk of dying in the next twenty years compared to those who reported supportive work colleagues.
Dr Sharon Toker who worked on the study said that because we spend most of our waking life at work we often don’t have as much time as we would like to meet our friends and spend time with them.
‘Work should be a place where people can get necessary emotional support.’ She said.
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