Work Life Balance: Job Stress Linked to Later Health Problems

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 14th, 2014

More strain at work may mean more illness in old age, increasing the need for work life balance for all employees. According to a new study from Finland, both physical and mental job strain were tied to hospital stays later in life.

Mental job strain Stress Chartcan come from high demands and having little control over one’s work. Physical strain included sweating, breathlessness and muscle strain.

With higher job strain in midlife, days in the hospital tended to increase.

Researchers suggested that the mechanism might be the development of musculoskeletal disorders from high physical strain jobs, which can lead to osteoarthritis, a leading cause of hospital admissions in older people. Resulting immobility can be related to weight gain, which in turn leads to heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes.”

Mental strain has been linked to heart disease, another cause of hospital stays.

Occasional feelings of job strain are not necessarily a bad thing, but persistent high job strain has been identified as a health hazard.

Healthcare challenges today are causing increased strain and stress. To learn how to reduce stress and teach your nurses work life balance, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today so we can customize this program for your healthcare staff.

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