According to the research work is beneficial for people's mental, physical and social well-being. These benefits apply across the lifespan; from the teenage years to the golden years. The implications of these findings can be applied to some of the big issues facing society. For example, the many people who are not in employment because they are 'unfit' to work or the looming increase in retirement age over the next few decades. Creating positive working environments and encouraging people to participate in work, where possible, is essential for the health and well-being of society at large. This section examines the relationship between work and well-being.