When looking for a new job, we’ll typically look for a role that offers interesting work, a reasonable commute and a good salary. Whilst these things are important, it’s also vital for success and productivity that you are in a workplace that has a positive impact on your physical and mental health. Since just 23% of people in the UK are happy in their jobs, it suggests that many workplaces are failing their employees in terms of their health and happiness.
The average person spends 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime and an unhealthy work environment can cause serious harm over time. There are some jobs that are more dangerous than others for obvious reasons, such as their physical or mental demands. However, you might be surprised to hear that there are serious health risks in many regular professions too. Working with chemicals can mean you’re inhaling dangerous toxins
Studies are beginning to suggest that the 9 to 5 routine is detrimental for mental and physical health. In response to this, there are more companies allowing flexi-time and their employees to work from home. The benefits of this include a better work-life balance and that workers can put their health before their job when they need to.
To ensure that you are living a healthy lifestyle that isn’t causing you stress or physical pain, it’s important to be aware of the signs that your workplace might be causing you harm or unhappiness. This infographic created by Stanley R Harris looks at what makes a healthy work environment and where some workplaces might be going wrong.