A new survey has revealed that the people who have to interact a lot with others in their jobs, they experience a lot of stress when trying to juggle work and family.
For the study, researchers examined people in 126 occupations and found that police officers, fire-fighters and family or general practice physicians were ranked among occupations with the highest levels of work-life conflict while taxi drivers, insurance adjusters and bank tellers are among those with the least.
"High levels of interaction at work may lead to increased fatigue and depletion of personal resources needed to fulfill family role obligations," Globeandmail.com quoted the study author Erich Dierdorff, assistant professor of management at DePaul University, as saying.
The findings remained consistent "even after controlling for other factors known to create conflict, including demographics, schedule flexibility, time pressure, workload and support offered by co-workers."
Dierdorff found that social interaction is one stress factor, but another is whether a person faces increased responsibility for the work quality, health and safety of co-workers.
He suggested that employers use the study's results to tailor new employee training and support services "to address work-life stress generated by the nature of work roles."
The study appears in the Journal of Applied Psychology.