Workplace hassles not only compromise the quality of work and general productivity of an organization, but can also have serious repercussion on an individual’s health. A recent Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH) published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (2018) indicated that, “job strain was associated with an almost 50% increased risk of atrial fibrillation (hazard ratio 1.48, 95% CI 1.00-2.18) after adjustment for age, sex and education. Further adjustment for smoking, physical activity, body mass index and hypertension did not alter the estimated risk. The meta-analysis of the present and two previously published studies showed a consistent pattern, with job strain being associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation in all three studies”.
This long term study highlighted the risk of continued exposure to stress at workplace and its negative consequences on heart health. Another systematic review published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (2018) suggested that stress-related economic cost to Canadian society was annually estimated at 2.6 to 10 billion dollars. That comes to approximately $143 to $486 to each Canadian.
So folks, take time to cultivate skills which can allow you to frequently defuse the workplace aggravations.