Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Loss of Job -> Stigma & Earlier Death

The job may be just awful but when men lose them this can move their deaths forward by a big 63%. These results are from McGill University; you can read an introduction to them here.

Once people lose their jobs employers, at least those in the U.S., view them with considerable prejudice. Indeed, studies show that two fictional résumés, one ostensibly from an unemployed person and the other from someone in work, will be perceived quite differently by an employer. Read an introduction to this topic here.


Actual Analysis said...

I ran into this prejudice many times in my ill-starred employment career. What I used to do was tell people I'd been doing consulting work. Their faces would brighten up immediately -- you no longer had the stigma. They wouldn't even ask who your clients were. If they had i would have pleaded confidentiality.