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The online survey, conducted by global recruitment firm Kelly Services, polled about 115,000 people in 33 countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific and North America this year about the effects their jobs had on their overall wellbeing. One in five of the surveyed said their job adversely affected how they felt and made them ill.

Around 19 % reported that their job was adversely affecting their health, with an additional 13% saying their work was so stressful causing sleep disturbances at night.

In economies all around, people are working longer hours, quite often at the expense of their personal health and wellbeing. Additionally, many are facing health problems due to workplace conditions.

In Japan, where employees have committed suicide due to the stress of too much work, 60% of respondents said they had suffered from work-related health problems.
Canada had the second-highest percentage of employees who said their health was affected, where as employees in New Zealand, India and Australia were the least affected.

A third of employees said they had to take three or more days off due to sickness but 35 % of them had been made to feel guilty about the time off. However, 15 % of the surveyed reported taking sick leave when they were not genuinely sick.

Most of the workers polled believe that it is their health is their employer's responsibility, however not everyone asks for access to a gym, flexible hours or nutrition classes.

The survey showed that employees believed workplace stress could be reduced by better communication between staff and management and recognizing individual achievements and that employers could improve the health and fitness of their workers by introducing incentives and programs to keep staff encouraged, motivated and productive.


The importance of vacations on a worker's health cannot be overemphasized. My dad used to take his work home even when he was on vacation. I am glad he is retired. He now has no choice but to take it easy.