In a recent study, researchers found that white-collar workers who experience specific types of job-related stress may have a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those who do not experience such stress. The study followed over 6,500 workers for 18 years and identified two job-related conditions that were associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The first condition, known as job strain, involves high demands such as heavy workloads and tight deadlines, combined with low control over decision making. This type of stress can lead to feelings of burnout and exhaustion, which can ultimately increase the risk of heart disease.
The second condition is called effort-reward imbalance, which occurs when a person puts in high effort but receives low compensation in the form of salary, recognition or job security. This type of stress can also lead to negative health outcomes such as an increased risk of heart disease.
It is important for employers to recognize these risks and take steps to reduce them in order to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees. This could include implementing flexible work arrangements or providing additional support and resources for employees who may be experiencing high levels of job-related stress.