On-the-job social connections could boost health

There were performance benefits in addition to health perks

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(CNN) – Good relationships with your coworkers could have significant positive impacts on your health. That’s what researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia say.

They analyzed 58 studies from 15 countries, which included data from 19-thousand employed people. The studies covered a wide range of jobs, including service industry jobs, sales and the military.

Researchers found that those who identify strongly with their colleagues or with their employer have better overall health and a lower risk of burnout.

Lead researcher Niklas Steffens said that on-the-job social links contributed to both psychological and physiological health.

It’s not just employees who benefit. Employers get better results, as well. According to Steffens, there were performance benefits in addition to health perks.

However, researchers say their study didn’t establish a cause-and-effect relationship, so if your work environment isn’t particularly social, don’t panic.

The study was published in the journal “Personality and Social Psychology Review.”