How Transitioning Leads to Better Mental Health – and Job Satisfaction

Posted on October 7, 2017

There is an increasing number of trans people who are beginning to change their outward appearances to reflect their gender identity, especially in the US and the EU. Nick Drydakis, a world-leading researcher in labour economics, has conducted research on mental health status and job satisfaction in trans people, with regard to their transitioning.

Mental Health Status
Drydakis’ new research found that transitioning boosted three key factors of mental health status: a positive attitude toward life, the ability to cope with stress and optimism about the future. He also points to previous research which indicates that the levels of psychopathology and psychiatric disorders in trans people reduce with transitioning, which was demonstrated through a review of 38 international studies on the issue.

Job Satisfaction
Drydakis’ research has additionally found evidence for a link between transitioning and greater job satisfaction: When they transitioned, people’s happiness with their appearance, body shape and self-esteem all increased, which in turn led to better communication and negotiation skills, better self-organisation, and a more constructive approach to problem-solving. These traits are key factors in job satisfaction, and enable trans employees to overcome challenges at work, as well as perceive their job as more fulfilling and satisfying.
These findings have been further interpreted in a way that being able to show your true identity allows trans employees to be less stressed and enjoy work more. This new gain in focus and positive mood could induce them to spend their time on more creative tasks, which increases performance.
Additionally, job satisfaction is increased after transitioning through the workplace environment: research shows that colleagues report their trans co-workers to be more approachable and sociable. This not just increases productivity, but also promotes more genuine and satisfactory relationships with colleagues.

Drydakis overall conclusion is that the trans population should enjoy equal treatment in the labor market, not just because they will better serve their workplaces and help build the wider economy, but also because it is an issue of equality and fairness.


Category(s):LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues, Workplace Issues

Source material from The Conversation


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