While we don’t necessarily recommend quitting your job, many points in the following article reinforce Professor Bloom’s research on wellbeing at work.
For example, the article highlights the importance of social connections to one’s overall happiness. Our research on workplace wellbeing indicates that professionals are more likely to flourish if they have strong relationships with coworkers and clients.
The article notes that prioritizing one’s time over money leads to greater subjective wellbeing. As the lead researcher, Ashley Whillans, says, “(T)hinking about time leads people to prioritize social connections.” And apparently this focus on social relationships is a precursor for higher levels of wellbeing — likely both on the job and in one’s personal life.
We’ll leave it up to each individual worker to determine whether it is time to quit their demanding job, but we encourage employees to seek balance in their work. This balance includes adequate time for personal endeavors and for building strong workplace relationships.