You don’t need to have a high-risk job to be at risk for being injured at work. Whether you do construction on a highrise or spend the day entering data into a computer, your job could be more hazardous to your health than you think. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from a work-related injury, leaving them filing for workers’ compensation benefits and missing days of work.
While a majority of work-related injuries occur inside of the workplace, your job could be affecting your health outside of your work environment. Here are some signs that your job is hazardous to your wellbeing, even on a day off:
Bringing Work Home
Whether you’re physically bringing work home on the weekends or just bringing the stressful baggage home, working overtime or bringing work home (while off the clock) can not only increase stress and resentment, but it may create problems at home with your family or significant other. Putting in too many hours can also increase physical health risks like a heart attack.
While every job may require a little extra commitment every now and then, you shouldn’t feel weighed down at home by work, even if you work from home. Might seem harmless and even a little advantageous, but working overtime does little to boost yourself in the workplace.
Failure to Say “No”
Do you have a hard time saying “no”? Just like frequent overtime, not being able to say “no” can do more harm than good. Although there’s little risk in saying “yes” to taking on some extra work or additional tasks, stay aware about the work you’re performing.
For instance, if your boss asks you to perform a job, but you don’t know how to do it and are too afraid to admit it, you’re not doing anyone any favors. Depending on the work you agree to do, but don’t know much about, you could be putting your physical or mental well-being at risk. People who can’t say “no” are at a greater risk of occupational burnout or just doing a poor job. Exercise your right to pass up some opportunities when your schedule is too full.
Feeling Physical Pain
If you perform manual labor on a regular basis, you may know that aches and pains after a long day are common, but if you work behind a desk all day, you may not expect to have physical pains. Do you wake up on the weekend with back pain or numbness in your hands? The pain you feel in your downtime may be directly related to your job and if left untreated, musculoskeletal disorders, like carpal tunnel syndrome, can get worse and even require surgery.
Many people only view their occupations as unhealthy if they experience physical discomfort, but if you are drained of your energy or have lost your enthusiasm for heading to work, your job may be negatively your mental health.
Although your workplace can be the site of strains, sprains, and other physical injuries, it’s important to look at the whole picture and pay attention to how your job affects your physical and mental health, particularly when you’re away from the office.