If work enriches your life in many ways it and shorten it too. Here are seven ways your job could put you at risk and how you can nip some of these problems in the bud for a better chance of a longer, healthier life according to ABC news.
Distracted driving taking the office on the road
Cell phones, smart phones and personal digital assistants have improved the ability to conduct work at all hours. There are been a surge in fatal crashes caused by drivers who text and talk on cell phones when behind the wheel.
The solution: When on the road keep your phone or blackberry done, considering the consequences it’s likely that work, however important can wait.
Sitting still: When works got you chained to the desk
Doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals tell us how sitting on a couch, snacks at the ready, contributes to heart diseases and diabetes. But who knew until quite recently that the countless hours many workers spent seated at their desks, eyes glued to computer screens or phones attached to ears might cut their lives short?
Make sure you build into your daily schedule opportunities to get up from your desk and walk around. Take the stairs, and leave your desk for Lunch.
Work is hell: When you have a bad boss or 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. It turns out that these factors can be life shortening.
Do what you can to change work culture in your office building positive relationships with co-worker and working to forge better communication with supervisors may go along way in terms of improving the morale at office. If the situation is untenable consider talking to human resources to see if there is a legal way to remedy the hostile environment in your workplace.
Wide awake: When work disrupts your sleep
Work stress can creep up more subtly. The cumulative effect of insufficient sleep – due to interrupted poor sleep, insomnia or the body’s inability to adjust to shift work – can speed up your demise.
When possible leave work at the office and try not to let your work life bleed into the late hours of the night. If necessary schedule your sleep so that you are guaranteed to get a solid six to eight hours. If stress is keeping you awake at night regularly seek professional help.
Walking papers: getting laid off or fired
Stress associated with losing a job is a often described as one of the most trying life events, along with divorce and death of a loved one.
It’s not easy to recover after losing your job, but health experts say the effects of such a tribulation can be mitigated by smart behavior. One of the most important things someone struggling with a job loss can do is invest in their own well being.
Burning the midnight oil: Working overtime or working late
Those working 10 to 11 hours a day (compared with the traditional seven hour workday) were 60% more likely to suffer heart disease or die prematurely than those working regular hours.
Given the economic climate it may be hard for many workers to say no thanks to overtime for the sake of their health. Still, it may be in your best interest to explore ways to exercise more control over your schedule.
Risky workplace: When occupational hazards expose you to danger>>>
Occupational health hazards sometimes caused by exposure to dangers not visible to the naked eye can shorten lives.
For some jobs, exposure to potentially dangerous situations or environment is a fact of life. The important thing is to adhere to all health and safety practices.