HR Strange But True!
October 14, 2010

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


ABC News

TGIF - It's HR
Strange But True
Get your weekend off to a great start with your own copy of HR Strange But True e-mailed to you each Friday as part of the HR Daily Advisor, absolutely free. Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories provided by HR Strange But True as well as a daily tip from the award winning HR Daily Advisor. Just enter your e-mail address and click "Go."
'HR Strange But True' Archive
View past articles by month and year
Copyright � 2017 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on
Document URL: