As much as it seems that the craziness of work could take a toll on you, a new study shows that most of the harm is done before you even clock in.
According to a study led by the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer, and VitalityHealth, researchers found that workers (34,000 British employees across all industries) were 33% more likely to suffer from depression, 40% more likely to have financial worries, and 12% more likely to report issues due to work-related stress. Those in high-stress lifestyles were also 21% more likely to be obsess and more likely to get less than seven hours of sleep each night.
“Beyond looking at ways that the work environment can be altered to make it more conducive to improved health and wellbeing, our research suggests that employers should perhaps be looking at flexible working arrangements as a more prominent part of their workplace wellness or productivity management strategy,” explained Shaun Subel, director of strategy at VitalityHealth. “Allowing employees the flexibility to avoid the rush-hour commute where possible, or fit their routine around other commitments, can help reduce stress and promote healthier lifestyle choices and, importantly, this is shown to actually impact positively on productivity.”