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Is Your Job Putting Your Health at Risk?

Category: Work-Life Balance, Advice, Wellbeing

Many people have career-related goals that they are chasing, whether it’s to find a job that they love, to get a higher salary or be promoted to a more senior role. It’s great to have professional goals, but achieving them should never come at the expense of your physical or mental health. Often, people don’t even realise the impact their work is having on them and in today’s society, it’s easy to get caught up with the demands of a job and become overworked. Considering the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime, isn’t it important that we make sure employees are properly taken care of whilst they are at work?

Not taking care of your physical and mental health will eventually start to have an impact on both your professional and personal life. It’s important that both employees and their employers ensure workers are given the time and means of taking care of their wellbeing. Ultimately, this will benefit both the company and their workers. When workplaces don’t make employee health and wellbeing a priority, it can affect productivity. Studies have shown that happy employees are 20% more productive than unhappy employees and sickness absence costs UK organisations £29 billion every year.

With only 23% of British people being happy in their jobs, where are we going wrong? Too often, the demands of a job cause workers to develop unhealthy habits such smoking, drinking caffeine and under-sleeping to keep up with what’s required of them. This often comes about when there is not enough work-life balance in a person’s routine, which is why it’s important for companies to identify when their work culture might be pushing employees to an unhealthy extent.

So, what makes a healthy work environment? This infographic created by Stanley R Harris looks at the factors that make a healthy work environment, as well as some of the health risks people commonly face as a result of their work. Read on to find out more.

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