The human brain thrives on what work gives us: activity, routine, social contact and identity.
The act of working gives employees far more than just the benefit of earned income. The World Health Organization names it as a health factor that when present contributes to health, and when absent can increase the chances of ill health. This is particularly relevant in the discussion about mental health. What is it about work that contributes to mental health and why should employers and insurers consider the health benefits of work?