A study by Cote in 2008 showed that sickness absence is a risk factor for permanently leaving the workforce5. In the review by Waddell and Burton Is work good for your health and well-being(2006)6 the consensus was that work is generally good for both your physical and mental health.
Worklessness was also found to be associated with poorer health outcomes. However, for a small amount of people, estimated between 5-10%, work can contribute and cause poor health.
It was also stated that work should ‘be “good” if an individual is to maximise the net gains that work (compared to inactivity) can offer’.