"From increased risks of heart disease to longer life spans, the numerous
drawbacks or benefits to health that come with working have been revealed
by various studies across the globe.
Here are eight ways your job affects your health:
1. Early retirement
A study by Austrian researchers revealed that men who retire early
have an increased risk of dying before age 67.
2. Sticking with a job you hate
Plugging along in a hated job can damage more than an employee's
Research published in the Human Relations journal found that employees
who stayed at organizations out of either obligation or a perceived lack of
other job options were more likely than other employees to experience
physical health problems, including exhaustion, stress and burnout.
"It may be that commitment based on obligation is experienced as a kind of
indebtedness that is emotionally draining over time."
A European study found working overtime can be bad for an employee's
heart. Those who worked at least 10 hours a day had a 60 percent
higher risk of heart-related problems, such as death due to heart
disease or a nonfatal heart attack, than those who didn't work overtime.
A study published in the BMC Public Health journal reveals that workers
who get to work by train, car or bus have more adverse health effects
than workers who ride their bikes or walk.
5. Long-term unemployment
On the other hand, just having a job can be good for a person's
Research presented during a congressional briefing on the psychological
benefits of employment and the impact of joblessness revealed long-term
unemployment can trigger mental health issues.
6. The afternoon nap
A study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found
that half-hour siestas boost heart health and help prevent deadly
According to the research, working men showed the greatest benefits
from a little daily shuteye, no matter the number of naps or their duration,
with a 64 percent lower risk of death from heart disease.
The authors suggest naps could boost heart health via stress reduction.
7. Friends at work
While it has been generally established that people with active social lives
live longer, that also applies to employees in the workplace.
According to research published in the Health Psychology journal, employees
who believe they have the personal support of their peers at work are more
likely to live a longer life.
Workers who reported having low social support at work were more than
two times more likely to die sometime within those 20 years.
8. Sucking up to the boss
A study published in the Journal of Management Studies suggests that
politically savvy professionals who use kissing up to an employer as a
way to enhance their standing in the office may avoid the psychological
stress felt by those who aren't as shrewd about their workplace behavior."
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