Considering the average person spends over 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime, the happiness and well being of employees is fundamental to their quality of life. Being unhappy at work can greatly increase the risk of mental illness as well as affecting family life and personal fulfillment.
When looking for a job, the majority of people want to find interesting work, a good salary, and a healthy work-life balance. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a job that ticks all these boxes and as a result, only 23% of British people are happy in their jobs.
A job demands a lot of time, has a large impact on a person’s identity and also their health. Often, people get caught up in wanting to achieve their professional goals, and whilst this isn’t always a bad thing, keeping up with the demands of a job should not be at the expense of your mental or physical health.
The mental and physical health of employees is essential to their productivity and success at work; studies have shown that happy employees are 20% more productive than unhappy employees.
Often, people won’t realize the physical impact their job is having on them, and some roles are more physically and mentally challenging than people might realize. This can result in employees becoming overworked and unable to complete their job to the best standard.
It seems that a healthy work-life balance is the key to personal happiness and fulfillment. Studies are now suggesting that the 9 to 5 routine is detrimental for physical and mental health.
In countries where family life and recreational time take priority over work, citizens appear to live much happier lives.
In Denmark for example, where citizens are considered some of the happiest in the world, only 2% of employees work long hours regularly.
Fortunately, more companies in the UK are starting to make the mental and physical health of their employees a priority. More and more workplaces are introducing flexitime and the option to work from home so that employees can prioritize their health and mental wellbeing when they need to – a great step in the right direction.
In the long run, bad working conditions not only negatively affect employees but also businesses and the economy too. 300,000 people with mental health conditions leave employment or take days off every year and sickness absence costs UK organizations £29 billion annually.
All things considered, it’s in the interest of both employees and companies that their working conditions are healthy.
By being aware of any potential health risks, workplaces can make changes to improve the work conditions for their employees. To help increase awareness of these issues, Stanley R Harris has created an infographic that looks at what makes a healthy work environment as well as some of the health issues people commonly suffer from as a result of their work. Read on to find out more.