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Work stress just as bad as secondhand smoke

Whether due to unpaid overtime or an overbearing boss, many people suffer stress at work.  Now, a new study has found it can be just as bad for a person’s health as second-hand smoke. A team from Harvard University team analysed evidence from 228 studies investigating stress in the workplace. Writing in the study, the […]

Calvin Prasad

September 9, 2015 6:23 am

Whether due to unpaid overtime or an overbearing boss, many people suffer stress at work.  Now, a new study has found it can be just as bad for a person’s health as second-hand smoke.

Stress factors such as job insecurity and long working hours can all damage a person’s health, raise the odds of them having an illness diagnosed by a doctor and even lead to an early death.

A team from Harvard University team analysed evidence from 228 studies investigating stress in the workplace.

Writing in the study, the researchers said:

Our results suggest that many workplace conditions profoundly affect human health.

In fact, the effect of workplace stress is about as large as that of second-hand tobacco smoke, an exposure that has generated much policy attention and efforts to prevent or remediate its effects.

Joel Goh, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, and the study’s co-author, told CNN:

When you think about how much time individuals typically spend at work, it’s not that surprising

He said many companies now have “wellness programmes” which include exercise and yoga classes at lunchtimes.

“Wellness programs are great at doing what they’re designed to do,”

“But they’re targeting [employee behaviour], not targeting the cause of stress.

“There are two sides of the equation and right now we focus on one side.

“We’re trying to call attention to the other side, which is the effect of managerial practices.”

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