Two new articles, one Canadian, present some informative conclusions about the health effects of mergers and acquisitions — a relevant topic amid our current period of economic uncertainty.
Canadian researchers followed 3,280 randomly selected employees for one year, assessing them along the way for job exposure to mergers and acquisitions as well as mental health disorders. As reported in the National post:
Surprise, surprise: The employees who endured mergers or acquisitions had a much higher incidence of generalized anxiety disorder compared to those who did not
However, the second study, conducted by Dutch researchers, presents an interesting multifactorial causation model. Research analyzed exactly how the process of restructuring harmed the health of the people who survived it. The conclusion?
It’s not the restructuring itself, but the job insecurity that’s so harmful. The researchers speculated that the cause was multifactorial. When facing job insecurity, people experienced anxiety and elevated heart rates.
Source: National post
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