High / Low Status Workers and Stress Levels

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High / Low Status Workers and Stress Levels
Chloe Xu, Australia, Premium Member
It has long been debated over whether high-status or low-status workers find their job more stressful. Some studies suggest that the former work longer hours and endure increasing demands, and therefore tend to be under greater pressure than the latter at the workplace. However, as research on the subject so far has been based on after-the-fact recollections, it has been difficult to tell if this point of view is correct.

Conducted by Pennsylvania State University, a new study captured real-time impressions. Strong support was found for the “stress of higher status” hypothesis. 115 interviewees were required to rate their mood and stress when prompted by audio signals several times a day for three days. They also answered survey questions about “momentary perceptions” of their jobs – how they felt at the time of the prompt rather than in general. In addition, the researchers collected saliva samples, so that the research team could measure their cortisol levels – a b...Sign up


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