Research carried out by online HR consultancy Reabur.com has suggested a third of UK employees are unhappy in their jobs. Unfortunately, many see this as “just the way things are” and that, if you aren’t hating your work, then you simply aren’t working hard enough. While this may seem like a fact of life for many employees, studies have shown that dreading your job, working long hours and being unhappy in the workplace can be detrimental to both your physical and mental health.
Whatever the reason for not leaving your job, it’s worth weighing up whether the benefits outweigh the potential consequences on your health. Here are just some of the ways staying in a role you hate can harm your wellbeing.
1. Sleep deprivation
Sleep is essential for your body’s restoration, when blood supply to the muscles is increased, tissue is repaired, and essential hormones are released. People who are miserable at work will often find it harder to fall asleep, due to the mind playing overtime worrying about the next day. With a short or restless sleep, your body isn’t able to fall into the deep stages of rest, where the body’s restoration takes place, therefore having detrimental effects on your body.
2. Relationship problems
One of the most emotionally difficult repercussions of having a job you hate is that the stress won’t stop at the end of the working day. Many people find they take the stresses of a terrible job home with them, meaning worries spill over into their personal lives and can affect relationships. Some studies have actually shown that having a good relationship can add years to your life, so it’s definitely worth investing your time and energy into having a healthy, happy relationship.
3. Weight gain
If you have an office job, sitting at a desk all day without much movement is hardly conducive to a healthy lifestyle. However, if you hate your occupation, it can mean poor choices in terms of your diet. It’s easy to tuck into the cake in the office kitchen or those sweets in your bottom drawer when you’re feeling stressed and in need of some form of comfort.
It’s not just at work though, when you get home after a long and stressful day, you want a quick and easy meal, which will often be a takeaway or unhealthy microwave meal. The combination of low physical activity and poor food choices can lead to a whole host of problems further down the line, such as heart disease and diabetes.
4. Depression and anxiety
Hating your job will mean your mood is consistently low throughout the week, which can have detrimental effects on your mental health. The fact that your frustration has to be suppressed in front of colleagues can also drain you of energy and leaves little outlet for any anger or frustration. Research has also suggested that people who have low job satisfaction early in their career are more likely to have mental health issues later on in life, so it may be best to make a lifestyle change sooner rather than later.
If you dread going into work every day and are finding it is affecting your health, it may be time to change jobs! Upload your CV to www.dywaj.co.uk so that employees can find you based on your skills, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.