Work can benefit our lives in obvious ways. Jobs can be a source of personal fulfillment, financial stability, and a great learning opportunity. However, some research shows a darker side to a few workplace conditions!
ABC News recently reported on ways your job can put your health at risk. Here are a few of workplace health and safety traps to watch out for.
- Distracted driving. Cell phones and PDA’s allow people to work, even if they aren’t in the office. However, the convenience of the devices can be overshadowed by the danger they pose on the road. Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured (NHTSA). In addition, a recent BLR poll reported that 47% of respondents admitted to talking on a handheld device while driving. A simple solution: get a hands-free device—or just put down the phone.
- Sitting, sitting, and still sitting. You see it all over the news, that America is facing numerous health epidemics, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The push to get people up and moving can be applied to all parts of the day, including work. If you spend most of your day sitting at the office, consider taking a short walk on breaks.
- Hostile Workplace. “Multiple studies in recent years have focused on the impact of a hostile workplace and a bad boss on a worker's physical and mental health,” according to the ABC article. “It turns out that these factors can be life-shortening.” The article suggests building positive relationships with coworkers as one solution.
- Stressing out and not sleeping. Stressing out over work is an obvious workplace health issue. Stress can have a physical impact on your body, so take the time to find ways to relieve stress, especially getting a decent amount of sleep.