Our health is incredibly important and plays a role in the way we live our lives. There are so many aspects of life that can get negatively affected by health problems. In this piece, we’ll take a look at how your working life can be affected by numerous health issues. There are three of the most common problems noted below, and some explanation into how they damage your life at work. You’ll also see how they damage working life if you’re an employer as well as an employee.
Without further ado, let’s find out the most common health problems that disrupt working life:
Mental Health Issues
Mental health is a serious subject that doesn’t get enough coverage in mainstream media. There is all manner of mental health problems that can affect someone and disrupt their everyday working lives. This includes things like anxiety, depression, paranoia, etc. When any of these feelings start manifesting in someone, it can greatly mess up most things that they do. In fact, you can argue that mental health issues are a bigger problem than a lot of the physical issues on this list too. When you have a mental problem, then it affects the way you think and the way you act. It can leave you distracted at work and cause you to make mistakes. When you make mistakes you get shouted at by your boss and this adds to the problems you’re already dealing with, and the stress becomes too much to handle.
Flip things on their head and put yourself in the shoes of an employer. Let’s say you have a business, and some of your employees suffer from mental health problems. They could be slowing your business down, and you wouldn’t know the reason as there are few visible signs of mental illness. There are many occupational health service providers out there that can assess people in their working environment. These assessments can help employers find out if people are mentally healthy enough to work. It can also help you find out if you’re well enough to work and may be the catalyst that helps you get assistance. The main problem with mental health is that it’s looked upon differently to physical health. People accept that when they have physical problems they need rest and need to see a doctor. When they have mental ones they’re too afraid to talk about it because it’s a subject, that’s just not spoken about enough. The important thing to remember about mental health however is that there are a number of different treatments and products out there that can make managing things a little easier. For example, one of my friends likes to use natural CBD remedies from the Delta Botanicals range (you can take a look at their products here: https://www.greenrushorganics.com/collections/delta-botanicals). She has told me that using products infused with CBD has greatly improved her mood. Above all, if you are considering using natural remedies as part of your mental health toolkit, it is crucial that you do some research. Additionally, do not be afraid to speak to a medical professional for help if you need it.
Knee Pain And Problems
When it comes to physical issues, there are so many to talk about. However, one of the most common has to be knee pains and problems in that area. If it wasn’t for treatment offered by my knee doctor, I would be in considerable pain. This is an issue that’s disrupted the working lives of many people. The problem with knee pain is that it can hurt when you sit and hurt when you stand. Often, the only solution to alleviate the pain is by lying down. There are so many different conditions that can cause pain in your knees, the two most common are tendinitis and arthritis. Both cause stiffness in the knee and make it painful to sit at a desk all day long.
As someone that works with knee pain, you’re working with a constant distraction. You’ll be shifting your position to feel comfortable and may stand up and stretch out your leg to reduce stiffness. This means your work tends to suffer as a result. You waste time stretching out your knee and when you do work your mind is elsewhere. As an employer of someone with a knee problem, you need to know about it. You can’t have their problem damaging your business and must find a solution. Often, the best idea is to give them sick leave and draft in a temp to replace them while they recover. If you are someone that has knee problems, don’t be afraid to go to a doctor and seek help. See what they advise you to do and follow their recommendations. Often, they can write you a note saying you need time off work to recover. When they do this, your employer has to oblige and give you paid leave so you can put this problem to bed.
Obesity And Weight Problems
The final health problem stays in the physical category but isn’t an ailment like knee pain is. Obesity is a massive problem in so many countries throughout the Western world. An obsession with fast food and ridiculously expensive healthy alternatives are probably to blame for this. But, the cause of obesity problems is a debate for a different article! In relation to this piece, it’s a serious health issue that can impact everyday working life. Obesity doesn’t just mean you get fat and put on loads of weight. It can cause many other problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. What these things that lead to are a high risk of heart attacks and heart diseases.
When you’re working in a high-stress job, the last thing you need is high blood pressure. It can be very bad for your health if you carry on working with these problems. Similarly, excessive weight can make it hard for you to carry out regular tasks. If your job involves a lot of lifting or walking around, then you’re not fit enough to do it. From an employer standpoint, obesity is a serious issue for many reasons. Firstly, everything I’ve just spoken about is bad for an employer. You don’t want employees that are health risks and that can’t do certain tasks. It slows down your company, and you can’t be productive. Secondly, I mentioned earlier how obesity is a huge problem in many countries. It receives lots of negative news coverage and looks bad on your business when you have obese employees. As an employer, you should make an effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle at work. In Japan, employers make everyone come in earlier, and they have group exercise sessions before the start of the day. You don’t have to do this, but it’s just an idea!
All of these problems can be very disruptive to your working life. As an individual, you need to get help and ensure your health is in good shape while you work. As an employer, it’s in your hands to ensure your employees get the assistance they need.