Cognitive, emotional and social aspects of work goals as determinants of employee health

Numerous studies show stress can play a significant role in physical and mental health. Workplace stress has been linked to psychological distress, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, workplace injuries and reduced immune function. Yet workplace stress is preventable, and stress in the workplace does not inevitably lead to illness. Evidence suggests that attaining personally meaningful goals at work may help prevent illness. Dr. Georgia Pomaki is researching how the pursuit of personal goals can decrease workplace stress and improve physical and emotional health. She is examining the relationship between goal pursuit and stress at work and also as it applies to the home environment. The findings could help identify people who have difficulty achieving goals and are at increased risk for physical illness and emotional distress. The research could also suggest strategies to help employees attain work goals and positively impact their health.