Have you ever seen the movie Office Space
? It was a classic film from the 1990s about working in the typical American office environment. The main character, Peter Gibbons, described his job as ‘every day is the worst day of my life’. It turns out people like Peter may be setting themselves up for significant physical, mental and stress-related illnesses as they get older.
A study conducted by Ohio State University claims workers in their 20s and 30s who are unhappy with their jobs may develop depression, anxiety, insomnia and other health problems.
Researchers pulled data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to conduct their study. The study involved a BLS survey that followed 6,432 American workers between the ages of 14 and 22. Workers were followed starting in 1979.
These workers were placed into different groups based on job satisfaction. Those who liked their jobs, workers who were starting to like their jobs less, workers who didn’t like their jobs and those who gradually started liking their jobs more. Workers in the groups that didn’t like their jobs experienced back pain and were sick more often than those who liked their careers. The effects on mental health were the most significant for workers with low job satisfaction.
Are Stress-Related Illnesses Covered by Workers’ Comp?
So there you have it, a case of the Mondays can severely impact your health as you get older. Unfortunately, workers’ comp does not cover stress-related illnesses unless they arise from workplace injuries
. It is important to find ways to stay positive if you don’t like your job, or to make efforts to find another occupation. Peter Gibbons left his soulless job at Initech, and the final scene shows him happily working in a construction yard.
The Ohio workers’ comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC can help injured workers find solutions after suffering workplace injuries.