Who would’ve thought? High-stress jobs can lead to high health care costs…seems pretty reasonable to me. A study was conducted to determine how much more an employee in a high-stress job uses their health care benefits. According to the article High-Stress Jobs Linked to Higher Health Care Costs, an employee in a high-stress job will use their health care benefits up to 26% more than an individual in a lower-stress job. Stress can lead to a number of health issues, such as:
- Back Pain
- Heart Problems
- Colorectal Cancer
- Joint Pain
- Issues Sleeping (either too much or not enough)
The list could go on and on, but I’ll stop there. Some jobs will be high-stress no matter what you try to do to alleviate the issue. However, there are ways to reduce stress and I believe that every employer should offer, at the very least, information to its employees on how to do so. It would then be in the employees’ hands to put stress-relieving activities into action. In addition, I believe that employers should promote a work-life balance that benefits both the company and the employee. Too much work in and of itself can cause health problems.
Do you work in a high-stress position? How do you de-stress?