Stress at the Workplace Causes just as much Damage as Second-Hand Smoking

Stress at the Workplace Causes just as much Damage as Second-Hand Smoking

Your wellbeing at the workplace is said to have a significant influence on your general health. The stress that certain elements of a job entail apparently has the same effect on the body as the consequences of second-hand smoking. The researchers call for more attention to the pressure at work, which benefits both employees and employers in the long run.


Scientists of the Harvard Business School and Stanford University studied no less than 228 earlier studies for data which led them to that conclusion. For this purpose, they examined studies only that interviewed more than a thousand respondents and that were taken over longer periods. The researchers' conclusion from that analysis was that demanding and stressful jobs increase the risk of disease by 35 per cent. Those who works overtime often, has almost 20 per cent more chance of an early death. People who fear to lose their job have 50 per cent more risk of health problems. Stressful jobs give people up to 35 per cent more chance of a psychiatric affliction and longer working hours increase the chance of death by 20 per cent.


Joel Goh, the author of the study, claims that stress at the workplace holds just as much health risks as second-hand smoking. The responses people give to questions which try to gauge the consequences of job stress at the workplace, give about the same report figures as when people are questioned about the consequences of second-hand smoking to their health. "If you consider the amount of time people usually spend at the workplace, this is actually not a surprise", says Goh.


The researcher hopes that there will be more efforts in the future to keep the work pressure low within companies. In the long run, too much work pressure and job stress serves no-one. "Initially, increasing work pressure will lead to more productivity, but eventually it will lead to employees being absent more often because of disease and such, who will then work even less than before", Goh concludes.

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