Per a Fortune report about the connection between workplace happiness (or lack thereof) and heart disease:
The most disenchanted employees developed heart problems at a 79% higher rate than their less-stressed peers. “This is alarming and much more extreme than we expected,” says Sharon Toker, who led the study, which was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. The findings suggest that job burnout is “a stronger predictor of coronary heart disease than many other known risk factors, including blood lipid levels, physical activity, and smoking. Some of the factors that contribute to burnout are common experiences in the workplace, including high stress, a heavy workload, a lack of control over job situations, a lack of emotional support, and long work hours,” she adds. “These things lead to wear and tear, which will eventually weaken the body.”
This is something I warn my Career Coaching clients about all the time! The physical impact of too much responsibility, unreliable coworkers or an unsuccessful job search is much more serious than people realize.
The key is to listen to your body. If things are constantly eating away at your body, mind and spirit, then it’s only a matter of time until something snaps. And trust me, no career stress is worth losing years off your life.
If you’re at a point where your career is taking a physical toll on your body, don’t be afraid to be honest with your coworkers or boss. And it’s essential to seek out accountability from mentors, friends, family and, yes, maybe a Career Coach to help you take honest stock of what it is that’s impacting you.
If you’ve ever experienced the real life impact of stress or workplace unhappiness, how did you deal with it?