The Real Toll of Workplace Stress on Workers’ Health


A hard day at the office isn’t always just a bad day. For many employed people, working day in and day out at a job they hate is a bad life. Many people that dislike their jobs suffer through their careers, resigned to work a job they can’t stand. This type of working environment is detrimental to workers’ health—both physically and mentally.

The Cost of Your Job

Many people justify working a job they hate by saying they need the money or that it is simply too difficult to find other work. However, allowing yourself to drudge to work day in, day out can cause serious problems for your mental health. Whether you realize it or not, that job you hate is costing you a lot more than it is worth.

Hating Your Job isn’t Healthy

Having such negative feelings toward your job will affect you in more ways than one. With all of the added stress that you have to deal with on a full time basis, your life will undoubtedly take a turn for the worse. As you essentially suffer day after day at your job, your body will start to become affected, and you may experience negative consequences that are both physical and mental.

A job that drains you can cause: lack of energy, unhealthy addictions or habits, excessive weight gain, and illness. When working in a job that adds constant stress to your life, you will notice that your body is more susceptible to illness. People that are unhappy with their work tend to get sick more often and even suffer from more serious illnesses, such as heart disease. Living everyday with such high levels of stress isn’t healthy for anyone. Whether you find you are suffering physically or mentally, like any other physical issue, mental health issues are considered disabilities and workers can go on disability to help with their mental health struggles.

Bad Jobs Kill Motivation

When you wake up everyday to get ready to go to a job that you hate, your mindset and attitude toward life will quickly become dimmer. It is not uncommon for people to feel like they “have to” work a job they hate. These individuals are likely to become depressed, starting with a serious lack of motivation. Living in this mindset makes it easier to think that all there is to life is work. This is the fastest way to send your mental health into a downward spiral.

Additionally, when working at a job you hate, you will likely do only what is necessary to keep from getting fired. Contrastingly, at a job that you love, you will be excited about the work that you are doing. Working in such an environment keeps people engaged, fulfilled and self-motivated to keep working that much harder. Even without an incentive, people that are really excited about their work will be happy to go there everyday.

Employers that want to foster a productive work environment need to pay attention to the overall attitude of their employees. Business owners that find that their employees are unhappy, dissatisfied, unmotivated or depressed will soon realize just how damaging that is to their business.

Job Related Depression Destroy Self-Confidence

The younger workforce doesn’t find their self worth in their careers as much as older generations have in the past, however, a job that you hate is still damaging to self-confidence and self-worth. Dedicating so much of your time, energy and life to a company you detest can really destroy one’s self esteem. In a job like this, it is hard for you to use all of your skills or develop any new abilities.

Feeling categorized in a job with no room for growth can ultimately feel like a death sentence for many employees. This sort of thinking creates a dilemma—with a lack of self-esteem, you may never apply to other jobs and may remain trapped in the one that you hate.

Bad Jobs Keep You from Doing Better

Everyone has their ideal career or idea that will allow them to make money and quit their dead end job. Many people that once dreamed of their perfect career, simply become resigned to the life they have at their current job. This prevents the necessary growth that needs to happen for an employee to grow professionally into the role that they aspire to.

Few of us never experience a job that we truly love. If you find yourself in a job that you hate, take some time to analyze the cost of staying and the cost of leaving. When taking your overall health into account, it should be easy to see that the best option in the long run is working toward a better life for yourself—if that means leaving a job to save your mental health—so be it.



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