FWI on Health: Declining Workplace Health and What to Do

Ellen Galinsky was interviewed for a piece on CNN/Health.com where she discusses the latest FWI findings that show “one in three workers has at least one symptom of clinical depression; 41 percent say they feel stressed sometimes, often, or very often; and one in five has trouble falling asleep often or very often. In all, 14 percent are being treated for high cholesterol and one in five is taking blood-pressure-lowering medication.

In fact, the percentage of workers who say they’re in excellent health has dropped from 34 percent in 2002 to 28 percent in 2008, according to a report recently released by the Families and Work Institute (FWI), a nonprofit research company.”

“We have this image of work as a marathon; you’re always running a race and can never stop,” Galinsky says. This marathon, just like running, takes a physical toll, leading to the health problems prevalent among American workers.

“The image of work as weight lifting is better,” she says. “Having some time for rest and relaxation is important.”

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2 Responses to FWI on Health: Declining Workplace Health and What to Do

  1. I’ve read that stress is responsible for 90% of all illnesses… Which makes it very important to find methods to relieve stress. One excellent way is to watch scenic relaxation videos such as the Serenity Moments scenic relaxation videos that are designed to help people recover from PTSD, stress and anxiety. If interested, visit http://www.serenitymoments.com for a quick preview and see how much better you feel immediately. Enjoy!

  2. Stress can do a number on a person mentally and physically. It can be crippling. It is so important to help your employees learn ways to relieve their stress and anxiety, it will help give them a better outlook on coming to work every day, and make them more productive.

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