Why Being the Author of Your Own Health is Key to Professional Success (Part 3 – The Workplace)

by Nina on May 24, 2011

The Workplace is a Great place to Get Sick, or Hurt

Even though most companies pay attention to workplace safety, it’s surprising how easy it is to get hurt or sick in the workplace. Whether it is an injury from the tools you use day to day, known or unknown toxic chemicals or hazardous materials, shared germs or toxic co-workers, your workplace could be hazardous to your health.

PTO vs. Sick Days

Some companies give their employees “sick days” to encourage them to stay home when they’re ill. This may have created an incentive for people to be “sick” in order to have extra days off. In recent years PTO (Personal time off), which can be used either for sick days or vacation time may have created an incentive for people to go to work when they’re sick.

Shared Germs

People bring their kids’ colds or flus to work making the workplace as much a breeding ground for this year’s bugs as the daycare centers where their children picked up theirs.

Repetitive Strain and Ergonomics

As more workers use computers and the incidence of repetitive strain injury grows significantly, ergonomics has become more important. Many companies offer their employees free ergonomic evaluations and willingly pay to correct ergonomic problems in an attempt to prevent repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel. Ergonomic chairs, workspaces and computer setups are common in today’s workplace, and yet so is carpal tunnel and other repetitive strain injuries.

Toxic Chemicals or Hazardous Materials

Due to the presence of toxic chemicals and hazardous materials some work environments aren’t especially healthy places. There may be hazardous materials in the ceiling, substances you’re allergic to in the carpets, a persistent draft in your work area, or you may even work with toxic chemicals on a day-to-day basis.

Toxic Co-Workers

The people you work with can be toxic too. Your boss, a co-worker, or a colleague in another part of the company may have a toxic effect on you. Whether it takes the form of bullying, discrimination, ruthless competition or sexual harassment, the people you work with can interfere with your health.

Is your workplace hazardous to your health?

If so, what can you do to safeguard your health?

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