07 Sep Your job is literally ‘killing’ you
An interesting article published by the Washington Post, October 2015 talking about the stress of a job can be the reason people are sick!
The recent study conducted by Harvard and Stanford has “quantified just how much a stressful workplace may be shaving off of Americans’ life spans. The article suggests the amount of life lost to stress varies significantly for people of different races, educational levels and genders, and ranges up to nearly three years of life lost for some groups.”
We are certain this also one of the reasons healthcare companies are using to hike up the insurance rates and Healthcare Presidential Salaries as well. What can we do about it? We can become healthier. We don’t mean jump on a treadmill as much as we mean take some time out of your day for you. Yeah we know there is much work to do. Did you know your brain can only do one task at a time? We realize we all think we are multi-taskers. However, the American Psychology Association says: “According to Meyer, Evans and Rubinstein, converging evidence suggests that the human “executive control” processes have two distinct, complementary stages. They call one stage “goal shifting” (“I want to do this now instead of that”) and the other stage “rule activation” (“I’m turning off the rules for that and turning on the rules for this”). Both of these stages help people to, without awareness, switch between tasks. That’s helpful. Problems arise only when switching costs conflict with environmental demands for productivity and safety. Although switch costs may be relatively small, sometimes just a few tenths of a second per switch, they can add up to large amounts when people switch repeatedly back and forth between tasks. Thus, multitasking may seem efficient on the surface but may actually take more time in the end and involve more error. Meyer has said that even brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks can cost as much as 40 percent of someone’s productive time.” How exhausting! No wonder we are dying three years earlier than we should. Our brains are burnt toast at the end of a day!
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
How great is that! If you haven’t found that job yet, keep looking it’s out there. Leading To Unlock, LLC can help your organization bring fun into your work day, while solving problems that are making your organization sick. Give us a call, we’d love to help relieve some stress.