Residents of countries with the best jobs outlook are twice as likely to be “thriving” in at least three of five aspects of personal wellbeing, according to data from the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index.
In countries where respondents were most likely to report that now is a “good time” to find a job, about 20 percent of adults were thriving in three or more well-being elements — purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.
The relationship between work opportunities and wellness was consistent throughout every region of the world.
“The jobs climate and well-being share a reciprocal relationship, with each influencing the other,” noted Gallup researchers. “For example, areas — including countries — where residents have high well-being provide fruitful ground for potential employers, because they will have prospective employees who are active and productive while at work, miss few days of work due to poor health, and who have lower levels of healthcare use. In this manner, a citizenry with high well-being can drive economic vitality through an engine of jobs creation.
“At the same time, economic vitality and the good jobs that come from it will typically lead to residents having greater food, shelter, and healthcare security,” according to researchers. “They will also have greater pride in their communities, more secure relationships with their loved ones, better physical health outcomes, and a higher standard of living. All of these effects enhance well-being in tangible ways across each of the five elements.”