It may be difficult to believe, but workplace stress can lead to death. Issues, such as job anxieties, imbalanced division of time for work and life, and very long hours, have contributed to more than 100,000 deaths annually. While some may have survived, they have been subjected to high health care costs, amounting to a total of $190 billion every year in the United States alone.
Backed by Science
The Stanford University Graduate School of Business has discovered that work-related stress is one of the most expensive problems when it comes to health. One of the authors of the study who also happens to be a professor at the mentioned University declared that employers need to be serious when it comes to managing the health of their employees. This way, the top 10 problems in workplaces can be avoided:
1. Lack of health insurance
2. Long hours
3. Inferior control over job or assignments
4. Conflicts between family and work
5. Shift work
6. Demanding tasks
7. Exposure to secondhand smoke
8. Injustice or favoritism at the workplace
9. Low support among peers
10. Job insecurity
Based on the research, lack of health insurance is the leading stressor at workplaces and therefore has the biggest impact in both healthcare expenses and mortality. The professors at Stanford found out that mortality rates due to stress at work can be compared to accidents and fatal diseases, such as heart failure. Both accidents and heart disease are in the top five ranking of the causes of deaths in the United States – beating influenza, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
Psychological stressors greatly affect the health of employees, particularly work-life balance, which has almost the same negative effect to the brain as with shift work and long hours. Employees who fail to meet the demands of their family often have a problem with their physical health. Meanwhile, those who think that they are being treated unfairly at work have a 50% chance of developing a condition that their physician may diagnose.
How to Beat Work-Related Stress
There are a number of ways you can do to stop your job from killing you. One way is to stop smoking during breaks. Employers should also note how important their employees’ well being is. Those who feel secure at work with the belief that they can go home without worrying about losing their job have better health condition.