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Job stress-related health issues depend more on your genes than your employer

by Anne Hart
Publication: Examiner

September 15, 2012


The following is an excerpt from an article in the Examiner that discusses Management Professor Tim Judge’s research on work stress, job satisfaction and health problems due to high stress have more to do with your genes than your employer. To read the entire article visit: Job stress-related health issues depend more on your genes than your employer.


Changing a job to free yourself of stress is probably not going to do the trick unless you appreciate your own predispositions toward stress. The battle of nature vs. nurture shows that even at work, nature wins. Stress has more to do with what's inside of you since birth than what you encounter outside in the work environment. Shared genes are more important than shared environments.

Excerpt

Work stress, job satisfaction and health problems due to high stress have more to do with genes than you might think, according to research by Timothy Judge, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. Check out, Genetic influences on core self-evaluations, job satisfaction. Also see, Gene Machines.

The latest study, however is from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. You may wonder why a school of business is looking at genetic predispositions. It's because researchers note that your genes, that is your DNA may be destiny when it comes to how you experience job stress that affects your health in the long-term. So you can't blame the stress on your boss because it's your genes predisposing you to the stress from your job.