You have made a crack or two in the past about how your job is killing you. Unfortunately, it could be true; quite literally.
Research and study after study have confirmed what you have probably thought all of these years; your job is slowly killing you. For example, research has linked sitting too long with a risk of an early death. Think about that while you are sitting there at your workstation.
And if your job isn’t literally killing you, it is at least making you sick or hurting your body in other ways.
Privis Health, your provider of healthcare data analytics, takes a look at ways work is bad for your health.
Bad posture is something that happens from anything you do habitually. Your daily activities at work have an impact on your body and shape your muscles to become either weak or stronger.
If you sit in front of a computer all day, chances are you could be suffering bad posture. The typical consequences of working on a computer all day include headaches, shoulder and neck pain and back pain.
It is also possible to suffer bad posture when standing and walking as well.
We are going to take a wild guess and assume that you are reading this on a computer screen. And we will take this a step further by suggesting that you spend many hours a day staring at a brightly-lit computer screen. Some of you probably have two computer screens you are staring at any given time between nine and five.
Staring at a computer screen for such a long period of time causes eye strain. Eye strain leads to eye fatigue and can cause blurring, headaches, itching and tearing eyes. It can also result in temporary vision disorders.
Anxiety and Depression
No kidding, spending too much time on your computer at work can lead to anxiety and depression.
Computers are very efficient tools that help us get our work completed in less time. But as we spend more and more time on our computer, we spend less and less time with friends, colleagues and even family. This often leads to isolation, anxiety and depression.
Repetitive injuries are caused by continual movements that can damage nerves, tendons, muscles and other soft body tissues. If you think about it, repetitive movements can come from any number of activities other than typing.
Hard of Hearing
Most of the time, technology brings about useful products and makes our lives easier. But sometimes it backfires and can be detrimental to our health.
For example, there are many ways in which we can listen to music. You might have a smartphone, tablet or perhaps you use an app on your work computer. Music is the best motivator while working on reports and blog posts. It is great to listen to all of our favorite music while at work.
But sometimes we tend to get carried away and turn the volume up high enough that it causes hearing loss and headaches. We want to drown out any external noises, but in the process, we risk permanent damage to our ears.
Over the course of a typical week at work, you probably list something, push a door, hold something heavy or even throw an object. When you were young, these were acts without repercussions. But as you age, you run the risk of suffering an injury performing any of these tasks.
Just take it easy when carrying heavy objects or pulling doors open.
The air at the place you work might contain hazardous substances in the form of gases, mists, fumes or dust. You might be at risk of impairment to breathing or eye and skin reactions. Long-term exposure to toxic fumes could result in serious injuries.
Cuts and Bruises
There are any number of office implements that can leave you with a nasty cut or a bruise. It is all too easy to do yourself some mischief at work. And while the majority of these injuries are rather mild, a serious cut could leave you with permanent damage to your body.
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