Eliminating work-related stress may be nearly impossible in light of the current economy. But researchers have found having a supportive spouse or partner is key to easing job stress – especially in two-income households.
It can also pay psychological dividends at home as well as the workplace.
A new study of 400 working couples by Florida State University College of Business researchers found people with “strong spousal support” report greater satisfaction in their marriages, better workplace relationships and more positive feelings about their jobs, compared to employees without such support at home.
"Given that a lack of support from one's spouse represents a major cause of both divorce and career derailment, this research is needed to address issues that affect both home and work," said lead researcher Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration at Florida State.
Among the study’s findings, people with spousal support reported:
• 50 percent higher rates of satisfaction with their marriage;
• 33 percent greater likelihood of having positive relationships with co-workers;
• 30 percent lower likelihood of experiencing guilt associated with home/family neglect;
• 30 percent lower likelihood of being critical of others (spouse, children) at home;
• 25 percent higher rates of concentration levels at work;
• 25 percent lower likelihood of experiencing fatigue at home after work;
• 25 percent higher rates of satisfaction with the amount of time spent with their children; and
• 20 percent higher views that their careers were heading in the right direction.