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Creative jobs lead to healthier employees

Published: Monday, 17 December 2007   Category: Life after graduation

People with creative graduate jobs are more likely to be healthy, according to new research in the US.

The report, by the University of Texas, shows that employees with more control over what they do in a working day and who do challenging work are enjoying better health.

Lead author John Mirowsky, a sociology professor with the Population Research Center at the University of Texas, said: "The most important finding is that creative activity helps people stay healthy. Creative activity is non-routine, enjoyable and provides opportunity for learning and for solving problems. People who do that kind of work, whether paid or not, feel healthier and have fewer physical problems."

Professions that were considered "non-creative" in the research were jobs such as working on assembly lines.

People who have jobs are healthier than those who are unemployed, according to the report.

Meanwhile, employees' immediate health could be improved by alcohol-free Christmas parties, according to Backhouse Jones Solicitors.

The firm says that "dry" parties will decrease the amount of employees getting too drunk and regretting things such as insulting a colleague and acts of criminal damage.

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