Sometimes, we don’t even realise how demanding our jobs are, but the 9-5 working routine takes a toll on both your mind and body. In today’s society, a job is often more than a way of earning money. It’s a part of our identity and sometimes even a lifestyle of its own. This means that many of us will end up doing more hours that we’re contracted to, just in an effort to do our jobs well. In the UK, more than 5.3 million people do an average of 7.7 hours unpaid overtime every single week. Whilst chasing professional success is an admirable thing, it shouldn’t come at the expense of your physical and mental health. If you’ve been feeling consistently ill or stressed, your work could be to blame.
The majority of us work in desk-based jobs, which don’t exactly seem like dangerous environments to be in. However, working 10 years in a sedentary role can actually double your risk of getting colon cancer. In some workplaces, staff might be exposed to toxic chemicals on a regular basis. In some professions, like dentistry and radiology, physical health risks like this cannot be avoided. However, it’s important that employees are able to properly protect themselves from risks like this and also take breaks when they need to. In other professions such as lorry driving, expose to toxic chemicals is not generally expected. However, bladder and lung cancers are more prevalent in drivers because of the toxic chemicals in car materials.
Health issues caused by work can usually be solved by having a good work-life balance. Having sufficient time outside of work to look after ourselves whether that’s by getting enough rest, exercising or socialising, is crucial to our performance at work. There are even studies that have shown that happy employees are 20% more productive than unhappy employees. It’s in the interest of everyone that employees get enough time outside of their jobs.
With our thanks to Katie Myers who writes for Stanley R Harris.. Katie created this infographic and wrote the introduction above.
This infographic from the team at Stanley R Harris looks at the physical and mental health risks commonly faced in different professions. Hopefully, it will encourage people to prioritise their health when they need to. Whilst pursuing a successful career can be great for your personal fulfilment, it’s important for your physical and mental health to take time outside of working hours to properly recuperate – doing so will benefit both your health and your career.