Why is workplace safety awareness important?
Our work is what defines us. It gives us an identity, a purpose and direction in life. But did you know that common workplace problems such as the nature of your work, your work place environment and work pressure, all combined together can take a toll on your health? Take a break from your work and take a leap of good health as we apprise you of a looming health crisis.
How does work affect the health of an Employee?
- Number of working hours – It is important to work an optimal number of hours to keep yourself fit, at your productive best and also to prevent a burnout. Overworking for prolonged periods has been seen to interfere with sleep patterns, trigger heart attack, stroke, cause diabetes, and also accounts for mental health issues in the workplace. A research conducted by the Australian National University (ANU) suggests that the number of working hours per week should be limited to 39 hours as anything more than that places undue stress on your health.
- Work Environment – Where you work is as important as how much you work. If the people at your workplace are not welcoming, warm, understanding, respectful and friendly, it will affect your health adversely, especially mental health.
- Stress – In today’s times, work and stress have largely become synonymous. Stress can cause a number of health problems and it goes hand in hand with the crests and troughs of your work life. Stress is responsible for a string of cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, stroke, depression, loss of appetite, infertility and many more.
Big names of the corporate world have hence started taking employee health issues with immense gravity and are working towards establishing employee wellness programs that will enable the employees to work better while retaining good health.
Common Workplace Related Diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Musculoskeletal disorders
Health and safety tips for the office
- Eat healthy – You must ensure you eat healthy to traverse a day of hard gruelling work. Have a heavy breakfast, include more fruits and vegetables and limit the amount of junk food.
- Learn to manage stress – Adopt a regular post work schedule of de-stressing, be it yoga, meditation, a long walk in the park, or listening to soothing music once you get home. Mental health problems at the work are at a rise across occupations.
- Drink plenty of water – Stick to a minimum of 8 glasses of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause you to feel drowsy and sluggish.
- Restrict caffeine intake – This could kick start your morning and your mundane day at work, but did you know by doing so you are putting your heart at risk? Opt for green tea instead to curb your caffeine cravings.
- Do not sit for prolonged periods – Change postures as much as possible. Take a break every now or then. This will help you relax and relieve the pressure on your neck and spine.
- You are entitled to good health – Take a note of the health and wellness benefits for the employees at your company. These are set out to ensure your well being and good health.