A 2015 research paper released by experts from Harvard and Stanford Business Schools reveals that work-related stress can be fatal to health. Work-related stress is highlighted as a serious issue because the experts have found it is more dangerous than diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease. The experts have drawn this conclusion as their research showed that job stress is associated with some health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and decreased mental health.
Finding the stressor is the first step towards stress management. However, many times we fail to identify the real cause that leads to work-related stress. Through their study the researchers have exposed 7 work place stressors that could be secretly impairing your mental and physical health.
1. Work Demands
Numerous studies have reported that people who have a stressful job tend to suffer from several health issues such as pain, tiredness and sleep problems. Work-related stress and poor mental health together can also contribute to a range of physical illnesses including hypertension, diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions.
2. Job Insecurity
Due to fluctuating economic conditions many employees remain under constant pressure of losing jobs. Studies report that people who work with downsizing firms show more than two-fold increase in sickness leaves.
3. Lack of Health Insurance
Lack of health insurance increases financial burden on the employees. Many employees even report delaying their health screening due to lack of insurance. This increases number of cases that get diagnosed with chronic illnesses at an advanced stage.
4. Lay Offs
Loss of job can directly affect mental and physical health of employees. Many people suffer from excessive stress due to sudden financial burden. In addition, loss of social respect or identity that is associated with productive employment may also increase mental stress. One study found that people who lost their job were at double risk of experiencing depression. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent people who were laid off from their job reported to have poor health.
5. Long Working Hours and Shifts
Although the job offers describe work time of 8 to 9 hours, most of the employees end up working extra hours each day. Research suggests that too much work pressure can be hazardous to health. Studies suggest that long work hours are associated with self-reported hypertension among professionals who have a high demanding job.
6. Inability to Balance Personal and Professional Life
This is one issue that most working professionals can relate to. With long working hours and increasing demands at work, many people spend very less time with their family. Lack of social interaction, family time or even hobbies cause many people to have poor mental health. Scientists have found that work-family conflicts can lead to poorer mental health and increase risk of alcohol consumption among working professionals.
7. UNFAIR MANAGEMENT
Recent research suggests that unfair treatment from the higher authorities is an important job stressor. Injustice at work can affect psychological health, and ultimately, even the physical health of employees.
The study sends an alarming signal to all those working professionals who are under constant work pressure and yet fail to take some productive measure for stress management. With the increasing demands and equal achievements at work, don’t let your health take a back seat.