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Study on How Work Life Affects Personal Life

The Link Between Home and Work Is Stronger Than You Think

It's probably not a secret that a tough day at the office usually follows us home. I've always believed that what happens at work definitely has an impact on our personal life, to some degree. But the results of a new national Gallup Healthways poll are revealing a surprisingly strong pattern, indicating that we might be much more psychologically in sync with our employers than we thought.

The poll, which has been running since 2008 and following 20,000 employed adults, revealed that "two-thirds of workers at companies that are expanding report that they are thriving in their personal lives, versus only about half of people who work for employers that are swinging the axe." No, it's not surprising that you might feel down if your company is in the midst of layoffs — but the report specifically asks about the employees' personal lives, not how they perceive their life as an employee. While the study doesn't prove any cause and effect, the strong correlation and "persistent pattern" across all demographic groups certainly indicates that what makes you upset at work is likely to make you feel the same at home, and vice versa.

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