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Today’s U.S. Jobs Report reveals that the average American spends 34.3 hours working every week. Depending upon your industry, that figure is likely much higher.Given how much time we spend in one environment, it’s perhaps not surprising that a 20-year study found that people who were socially isolated at work are 2.4 times more likely to die early, according to the Daily Mail.
The study, led by Dr. Sharon Toker at Tel Aviv University’s Business School, looked at the health records of 820 working adults between ages 25 and 65, who averaged an 8.8-hour workday. The participants were diverse in their health and employment history.
Toker found that those who reported having the most social support at work were likely to live longer.
“We spend most of our waking hours at work, and we don’t have much time to meet our friends during the weekdays,” Toker told the Mail. “Work should be a place where people can get necessary emotional support.”
She also said that in some cases, social isolation is for a lack of effort: people rely on email when it’s just as easy to walk over to speak with a coworker.
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