We’d all like to think that our employers care about us enough to make sure that we spend our workdays happy, healthy and as carefree as possible when there’s an inbox straining under the weight of everything that you have to do. But the truth is that sometimes you have to watch out for your own interests in the workplace – and you aren’t always safe there, as much as you’d like to be. Here are some common workplace problems and what you can do about them…
There are some workplaces that are extremely hazardous to work on – asbestos exposure on building sites and even if you’re in the Navy can cause lung complaints which might last for the rest of your life. It’s important to focus on the way that you feel and to get regular doctor’s appointments and check ups to ensure that you’re safe and healthy. If you work in close proximity to people like in retail or education, it’s probably a good idea to take a multivitamin to help prevent you from catching any colds or bugs!
You might not think it, but even working in an office can be very hazardous to your health – you might find yourself gaining weight because you aren’t moving around much, so you need to make sure that you eat a good breakfast and lunch so that you don’t spend the rest of the day snacking on unhealthy foods. Make sure that you keep both your feet on the floor at all times so that you don’t hurt your back and ensure that your computer isn’t too bright and that it’s the right height for you so that you don’t end up getting a sore back or neck.
Although some people manage to make lifelong friends at work, not everyone that you encounter in your office is going to end up being someone that you invite to your wedding in a few years’ time. If you don’t get along with someone it’s important to make sure that you’re still professional at all times – a little politeness goes a long way. But that doesn’t always work and if you feel as though you’re being ganged up on by the people you work with, you’ll probably feel uncomfortable and unhappy, which is an unacceptable way to live your professional life. Talk to your boss or your HR department about it to see if you can be transferred. Remember that it reflects more on them than it does on you.
Unfortunately, for many people their jobs can exacerbate any mental health problems they might have. If you suffer from depression it might be a good idea to look for a job that’s a little more active – sitting at a desk all day might not be the best thing for you. It’s a good idea to go for a job with natural sunlight and plenty of fresh air along with as much moving around as possible. If you think you may be suffering from depression, go and talk to your doctor about it – don’t be ashamed to get help.