We all know times are tough at the moment, with the recession biting hard and jobless rates still sky-high… but how badly do we all REALLY need our jobs?

Earlier in the week I read this interesting study that found that being in a job you don’t like is as detrimental to your mental health as being unemployed.

On paper that sounds strange – surely having no money coming in is the worst. Everyone’s been there at some point – bills piling up, worrying about how you’re going to pay for this or that, those little ramen noodle packets for dinner. Maybe it’s never gotten to the ramen stage for you. If so, consider yourself lucky. There are few things that inspire more dread in people than a persistently empty pocket.

But then I remembered all the times I’ve commiserated with friends in unhappy work situations. Their work wasn’t recognized or appreciated, they hated their boss, their job was stressful… at times like this being unemployed doesn’t sound so bad.

So here’s today’s GEM Debate… Even if you feel underemployed, over worked and unappreciated, is a bad job better than no job at all?

Start sharing your tales of workplace stress… and if you’re unemployed at the moment how are you handling the pressure?