Researchers at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research have published the results of a study finding that employees believing for multiple decades that they will lose their jobs leads to heightened levels of fear and distress. According to "Histories of Perceived Job Insecurity and Psychological Distress among Older U.S. Adults," as published in Society and Mental Health, the findings indicate stress from perceived job insecurity was high among minorities and those without a high school degree. "In addition, older workers may experience distress due to their circumstances."
Sarah Burgard, an associate professor of sociology and research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research. Burgard, said age discrimination or an employer's perception that health problems could become more prevalent later in life could endanger this older segment's ability to keep a job. "Those who face the worst burden are those who have faced uncertainty the longest, and it is important to think about the costs of restructuring a labor force and social supports in ways that create such vulnerable workers."
Source: University of Michigan News Release (December 7, 2016)