Employees who stay at jobs out of a feeling of obligation are prone to several health problems, including exhaustion, stress and burnout, researchers say.
“Our study examined whether some forms of commitment to an organization could have detrimental effects, such as emotional exhaustion and, eventually, turnover,” study co-author Alexandra Panaccio from Concordia University in Montreal said.
“It may be that, in the absence of an emotional bond with the organization, commitment based on obligation is experienced as a kind of indebtedness — a loss of autonomy that is emotionally draining over time,” Panaccio said.
The research found that employees who stayed at organizations out of either a feeling of obligation or a perceived lack of other job options were more likely than other employees to experience mental and physical health problems. Researchers based their findings on a study of 260 workers from a variety of industries.