Is Your Job Ruining Your Health? Here Are Some Solutions
There are many ways that your job — regardless of your industry — can negatively impact your health. Of course, depending on your line of work, the level of dexterity varies. But one thing is sure: your work shouldn’t be taking a toll on your life. Day in and day out, you give your time and energy to a business that you expect to take care of you, but this isn’t always the case. In this article, we’ll discuss different job types, how they could be impacting your health, and possible solutions. It’s always best to talk to your employer about ways you can better the overall health of the organization (and in effect, boost company morale). Here are different ways to achieve this:
Customer Service Representative
In one study, the customer service industry ranked the lowest in terms of happiness and were the most likely to be depressed. And it’s not surprising, since customer service reps have to deal with being blamed for any wrongdoing in the company, and take the heat for issues that are rarely their fault. One American Express survey found that over half of those aged 18-29 lost their temper at least once speaking to customer service. Depression is a serious topic, and it’s one that customer service reps know well. Studies have shown that customer service reps suffer psychologically and emotionally as a result of verbal abuse from callers.
Solution: There are some meditative practices recommended to customer service reps who have trouble dealing with the onslaught of nasty customer conversations. Psychology Today recommends that they remain aware of the effect of speaking to angry customers, and that they “practice treating that and other psychological wounds as soon as they sustain them.” In addition to taking a meditation class or using a meditation app to recenter your mind, customer service reps may want to speak to their doctor about antidepressants.
Warehouse employees are the backbone of commerce, but this usually comes with a price, and that price quite literally may be their backbone. Skilled trade workers and those that are lifting and moving on a daily basis run the risk of hurting their bodies every day. In fact, there are a handful of hazardous health situations for warehouse workers. Furthermore, warehouse statistics are daunting: manual lifting and handling are among the top five causes of warehouse accidents. Slip and fall accidents alone (likely a result of unawareness due to fatigue) result in 95 million missed work days per year.
Worker injuries aren’t cheap, either. The average direct cost of a worker injury is $38,000 and the indirect costs total $150,000. With these numbers in mind, warehouse managers may be a little more open to investing in a solution that reduces on-site injuries, keeps employees happy, and allows them to move even quicker.
Solution: There are currently technological advancements on the market that answer this health hazard. Levitate Technologies is a company that offers a device called AIRFRAME, which is an exoskeleton arm support for workers who make repetitive motions with their arms day in and day out.
The exoskeleton helps to relieve joint and upper extremity muscle strain by siphoning the arm weight to the core body. It’s comfortable to wear and slips on and off quite easily. And because it’s designed to support natural, fluid arm movement, it optimizes movement in the workplace rather than limits it. Not only will this help displace workplace-associated health issues, but it will reduce the fatigue and increase overall happiness in workers.
Any Office Job
Any job that requires that you sit all day could be detrimental to your health. Sitting for lengthy amounts of time can actually lead to an early death. One New York Times article even went as far as to say: “the chair is the enemy.” Several studies have shown that when you sit all day, you have a higher risk of cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, and heart disease, among others. Unfortunately, this is a huge chunk of the American workforce: roughly 86% of all working Americans sit all day for their jobs.
Solution: Ideally, your employer will work to implement ergonomic chairs, standing desks, and other office solutions to keep your body movement flowing. In fact, standing desks are trending and provide staff with versatility. However, if your employer isn’t going to make these office-wide changes, one Cornell University professor recommends that you change positions every eight minutes, and take two-minute moving breaks twice an hour to keep your blood flowing.