Stress and boredom in an office job are just two of the factors that make these sedentary occupations bad for your health. Although 86-percent of employees in the United States sit for their entire workday, this accepted workplace practice could be contributing to early deaths. Long-term illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease have all been linked to lengthy periods of inactivity.
Working at a computer desk for an extended period of time can also result in muscular skeletal issues and obesity. Even if office employees get regular exercise, those long hours spent in a sustained non-ergonomic position doing repetitive clicks on a keyboard can result in damage to the soft tissue holding your bones together. Muscle fatigue, neck injury, repetitive strain injury of the upper limbs and carpal tunnel syndrome can cause office workers to experience excruciating pain as well as permanent nerve damage.
If the physical strain of office work wasn’t enough, office employees also have to battle with repeated exposure to a highly toxic environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the recirculated air inside of a typical office building is often 100 times more polluted than the air outside. During a regular workday, office employees constantly ingest toxic particles from busy photocopiers and printers, mold, dust and coworker’s germs.
Some of the mental strain associated with office work can also have a profound impact on health. Researchers at the University College London conducted a study in which they found a link between extreme boredom and the increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
Although team-building exercises are supposed to motivate bored office workers, research has also shown that these forced practices in positive thinking can actually depress people. Proactive employers can address most of these issues by improving the air circulation equipment, providing ergonomic work stations, and instructing employees about stretching regimens and home therapies that work for common conditions such as hand or wrist pain or neck discomfort. For the mental stress this is more difficult, but can be address by alternating work stations and varying the daily assignments of a particular job. By being proactive employers get more productive workers with lower healthcare costs. It is a win / win approach for all parties.
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