Are your colleagues stressed out? A new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that 43% of working adults say their job negatively impacts their stress levels. Respondents also cited a negative impact on their eating habits (28%), sleeping habits (27%), and weight (22%). The poll interviewed 1,601 workers with a margin of error of 2.9%.
Furthermore, 22% of workers polled feel that their job may be harmful to their health, with 30% of those respondents expressing concern about exposure to chemicals and contaminants. Overall, 43% of construction or outdoor workers say that they have health concerns in the workplace; they are also the most likely to face dangerous situations at work, with 76% of those polled reporting that's the case.
As NPR correspondent Joe Neel writes,
"Our poll found many working adults have concerns about safety at work...those in low-paying jobs were more likely than those in high-paying jobs to say they often or sometimes face potentially dangerous situations.”
Are you and your company doing enough to reduce work stress? What programs are you implementing to help your employees with stress management?
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