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What Should You Do If Your Job Is Making You Unhealthy?

Friday, April 16, 2021

 

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Doing the same job five days a week will have its toll on your health and wellbeing. In some cases, there aren't any major issues. You can work happily and remain in good health. However, there are plenty of instances where your job may be detrimental to your health. For whatever reason, you feel yourself getting unhealthy in one way or another. Typically, this could involve weight gain, physical problems - like muscle aches, and possibly even mental health issues too.

If you're suffering from these things - and you think your job is at fault - what should you do? Here are a few actions you should consider taking:

Talk to your employer

Firstly, speak to your employer about the situation and explain how you feel. If they become aware that you're in pain because of work or feel sick, it will scare them. Not because they care about you, but because they know there's a potential lawsuit around the corner. Especially if they didn't conduct a pre-employment medical assessment before you signed on. It's their job to ensure that all employees feel safe and don't have their health compromised by the job. By bringing your issues to their attention, they could take steps to rectify the problems. From here, you could be able to work without suffering.

Identify the cause of the problem

Secondly, think about why your job is making you unhealthy. Sometimes, it's not technically got anything to do with the work conditions. For example, an office job can make you unhealthy as you stay sat at a desk for hours on end. Here, your employer can't do anything about this - and they're also not obliged to. Instead, it's about recognizing that sitting down for too long is making you unhealthy. So, you can make a more conscious effort to stand up and walk around throughout the day. Perhaps do some stretches at your desk every hour? The same goes for any other problems - figure out what's causing them, then address them.

Find a new job

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to say goodbye. Leave this job if it is causing you major health problems and you can't seem to fix them. Swap the office life for a more active job where you can walk around and feel healthier. If you do a manual labor job, maybe it's time to pack it in and find something less arduous? Too many people are afraid of leaving their jobs, even when the job itself causes them health issues. It is a big life step to make, but it can be worth doing if it helps your health.

The biggest problem is that you are so used to being in pain or having health issues that you don't recognize your job is the problem. If you feel like your job is making you unhealthy, you have to take action. Follow the steps in this post to come to some sort of conclusion. Hopefully, you can figure something out that lets you stay in your current job without having health problems. Otherwise, the best approach is to leave and find something that doesn't harm you.




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