In today’s somewhat but barely uplifting news, a recent study of over 7000 Australian people showed that a “badly paid, poorly supported, or short term” job can be as bad, if not worse, than being unemployed.
This may seem self-explanatory, but to anyone who’s ever known the feeling of being on your last box of pasta and really struggling to remember what it’s like to wear normal clothes or have conversations with people that aren’t deliveryman, it’s worth a reminder that, like in love, you shouldn’t settle for a job that just isn’t that into you.
The terrible gigs are categorized as ones where people felt “overwhelmed, insecure about their employment, underpaid, and micromanaged,” along with providing little support and reward. Why, that sounds like nothing most of my friends are experiencing…
“Moving from unemployment to a poor-quality job offered no mental health benefit, and in fact was more detrimental to mental health than remaining unemployed,” says the lead author of the study, Peter Butterworth, Ph.D., a senior research fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University, in Canberra.
Of course, most people can’t afford the luxury of not hating their job and all the mental health benefits that follow, making this development only slightly more uplifting than this. But it does make for a GREAT excuse about why you’re still unemployed, which from personal experience, can be a tricky question to answer. “My mental health is a lot more important than some paycheck, Mom. Canned soup is no longer just for poor people!”
Really makes you want to
crack open that flask polish up that resume, don’t it?