Posted by Sharmistha Chat... on May 12, 2011

Who's going to believe getting a long life can be that easy! But, Israeli researchers suggest peers can be a blessing if you get along with them as you grapple with the insurmountable stress at office.

According to a new research conducted for the American Psychological Association, being friendly with colleagues is as vital for your physical health as for a wholesome working ambiance.

In a one-of-a-kind revelation, psychologists at Tel Aviv University emphasize necessity of having friends at work for a longer life.

Intriguing as it may sound, results unveil that a major key to longevity is bestowed with a healthy ‘peer support system’ at workplace.

Having friendly colleagues raises life expectancy
In a bid to assess the role of co-workers in propelling longevity, the health history of 820 employees, many of whom were engaged in manual jobs, were given a careful scrutiny.

Researchers followed the records for over a span of 20 years during which 53 died.

They quizzed workers regarding the role they play at workplace. Also, by further questioning, they tried to get a picture of how these participants got along with their co-workers.

Accounting regular risk factors like smoking, drinking, and critical ailments from the track records, the results were drawn.

Workers who shared a matey bond with their colleagues were found to have a life expectancy higher than their converse. The group claimed they had peers more of an amiable and assistive kind.

Amiable association helps
The proposition is, no doubt, a plausible one as a healthy and friendly peer support system neutralized work-related stress to a great extent.

“How well a participant is socially integrated in his or her employment context, is a potent predictor of the risk of all causes of mortality," the research authors stated.

People tend to buckle under work pressure if there are the not-so-nice peers to add to the ever-increasing strain.

Naturally, men holding positions of power and authority at work were far more likely to live longer.

However, experts say, women on top can hardly reap profits of this sheer advantage, since industries are, more often than not, male-dominated.

Hence, it implies women at managerial positions have a hard time striking a pally association with their male employees as opposed to male managers.

The research appears in the scholarly journal, 'Health Psychology'.

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