Obviously, jobs that involve a lot of physical labour carry the most risk. However, that doesn’t mean that your cushy office job is 110% safe! The sedentary nature of desk jobs, and a number of more subtle factors, present a range of risks that your average worker isn’t typically aware of, and can cause massive, irreparable damage over the years. In this post, we’ll look at some of the lesser-known dangers of your white-collar job…
Skipping Breakfast Means More Stress
Like many workers at your office, you might be rushing to get out the door every morning, and lack the time to eat the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast here and there isn’t going to kill you, but making a habit of it can put your body into a constantly stressful state, and cause major disruption to your metabolism. People who don’t eat breakfast on a regular enough basis will have a much greater risk of high blood pressure, being overweight, and having heart issues, compared to people who regularly eat within the first two hours of waking up.
Long Commutes Lead to Poor Sleep and Higher Risk of Depression
Studies have shown that commuting by car more than 10 miles a day can lead to higher blood sugar levels, and higher cholesterol. Doing this can also lead to a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and general sadness. However, relying on trains and buses is no walk in the park either. Studies on workers in the UK have found that people who commute for 30 minutes by bus have some of the lowest levels of life satisfaction in the country, and even cyclists can experience the negative effects of regular, long commutes.
Recirculated, Polluted Air Clogs the Lungs
You’ve probably heard of at least one case where personal injury solicitors have been called in to deal with a case of some manual worker being exposed to dangerous gases. However, white-collar workers face a similar threat, though it’s far more insidious. The air inside a typical office building can be full of far more pollutants than outside. Pollutants in the air con system, not to mention toxic particles from the polluted air of cities, bacteria and mold, could all be floating in the air around you when you sit at your desk.
Printers and Photocopiers Lead to Lung Disease
Yes, it sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory, but there’s certainly some truth in the danger of printers and photocopiers. Your average photocopier can become a source of deadly ozone if the filter isn’t changed often enough, and even small amounts of exposure to this can lead to major chest pains and irritation. Laser printers aren’t exactly safe either! These devices can release toner particles that may find their way into your lungs and bloodstream, which will increase the risk of diseases and other ailments. With this in mind, it may be smart to go for a walk to the water cooler the next time you’ve got a lot of printing to do!
*This is a collaboration post