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Washington: Pay, Flexibility, Advancement Impact Workers’ health and Safety

The terms and conditions of your employment — including your pay, hours, schedule flexibility and job security — influence your overall health as well as your risk of being injured on the job, according to new research from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

The analysis takes a comprehensive approach to show that the overall pattern of employment conditions is important for health, beyond any single measure of employment, such as wages or contract type.

“This research is part of a growing body of evidence that the work people do — and the way it is organized and paid for — is fundamental to producing not only wealth, but health,” said senior author Dr. Noah Seixas, a professor in the School’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.

The study was published last month in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

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