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Personnel Today: Just one day of work per week benefits mental health

Dr Brendan Burchell, Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, Cambridge Judge Business School, led a study on employment and what impact it has on mental health. The team analysed data from 85,000 people from the UK Household Longitudinal Study from 2009 to 2018. “We know unemployment is often detrimental to people’s wellbeing, negatively affecting identity, status, time use, and sense of collective purpose. We now have some idea of just how much paid work is needed to get the psychosocial benefits of employment – and it’s not that much at all,” Dr Burchell said.

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