Former President Bill Clinton was famous for his ability to compartmentalize-to keep stresses from one area of his life from bleeding over into others. Most of us, though, are not so talented. New research from Baylor University shows that work stress-and the inability to leave work problems at the office, where they belong-has a more detrimental impact than we might have expected.
The study, by Merideth Ferguson, of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, shows that work stress not only comes home with us, but can easily affect our partners, who then bring that stress to their own workplaces. It did not address the effects of that stress on other family members, and whether they carry it in their own lives.