People sometimes complain that their job is killing them, or that they’re working themselves to death, but new research suggests there may be truth to those clichés. A recent study conducted by Indiana University found that those who work in high-stress jobs with little control are more likely to die sooner than those who have more control over and balance in their work.

The study in the Journal of Personnel Psychology, followed up with Wisconsin residents who had participated in a longitudinal study of 10,000 people for 50 years. Those who had spent their lives working in stressful environments with little control were 15.4 percent more likely to have died. At the same time, those who spent their careers with high levels of control as well as high job demands were associated with a 34 percent decrease in the likelihood of death. These findings suggest that stressful jobs have clear negative consequences for employee health.

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