12 May '11, 1am

Having supportive colleagues not only makes the workday easier, it may also help people live longer

NEW YORK - HAVING supportive colleagues not only makes the workday easier, it may also help people live longer, according to a new study. Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel found that a good relationship with co-workers had an impact on mortality risk for people and was most pronounced between the ages of 38 and 43. 'Peer social support, which could represent how well a participant is socially integrated in his or her employment context, is a potent predictor of the risk of all causes of mortality,' the researchers said in the study reported in the journal Health Psychology, which is published by the American Psychological Association. Dr Arie Shirom and her team studied the medical records of more than 800 workers who had been followed for 20 years, from 1988 to 2008, and questionnaires that measured job demands, control at work and peer and supervisor support. ...

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