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Here's Why Your Office Job Quietly Hates You — And Is Killing You Slowly

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Vote up the ways your office job is slowly killing you.

Comedy Central's dark comedy Corporate debuted in 2018 to decent reviews; after all, the central focus of the show was depression surrounding office jobs — perhaps a problem with which viewers were all too familiar. Much like the problems faced by main characters Jake and Matt, it's possible all the aspects of your desk job are slowly killing you. Sure, there's the depression and anxiety aspect of work, conditions almost incubated in the modern American workplace, but there are also more direct physiological effects that you may inherit at your desk without even realizing it.

What constitutes the worst jobs is subjective, and while some may think office jobs are "cushy," that doesn't mean they lack risk. In fact, some risks are inherent or even exclusive to office jobs. Additionally, you could be taking those risks home with you — if you're having trouble sleeping, you can bet there's a good chance it's related to your office (good thing there are tricks to how to sleep at work).

Vote up the reasons your office job secretly hates you and uncover some good reasons to start looking for other options. 

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    Boredom Might Actually Be Killing You

    Depending on your job, mistakes at work can be fatal. John Eastwood, a psychologist at York University in Toronto, told The Guardian, boredom "has been associated with increased drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, depression and anxiety, and an increased risk of making mistakes." In the article, an airline pilot discusses a poll of people in his profession, claiming 30% of pilots who woke up from a nap "reported seeing the other pilot asleep too." Despite the existence of autopilot, the idea that both pilots might be asleep at any given time on a flight is terrifying.

    And there are still the other side effects of boredom described, all of which have extremely adverse health effects. You may not be abusing drugs and alcohol at work, but overeating, depression, and anxiety are still prevalent in the workplace, all of which carry significant health concerns. 

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    Sitting All Day Can Shave Years Off Your Life

    "Sitting Disease" isn't recognized as an actual disease, but it's a term coined by the medical community as it presents a clear and present danger to society, especially Americans. The average American sits 13 hours a day, most of that at work, and with that comes serious health risks, as Business Insider reports

    • People who sit for more than 11 hours a day have a 40% increased risk of death in the next three years, compared with people who sit for four hours or less.
    • Workers who have held sedentary roles for more than 10 years have twice the risk of colon cancer.
    • The longer people sit, the shorter their lifespan, even if they exercise regularly.
    • Sitting for long periods may also affect the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

    Even if you're engaging in your recommended 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day, you're still at risk. A simple but potentially life-saving solution is a standing desk, which reportedly burns about eight calories per hour. Even with a standing desk, you should probably still take that lunchtime walk around the block.

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    The Computer Screen You're Staring At All Day Long Is Melting Your Eyes

    While prolonged staring into computer screens doesn't literally melt your eyes, it still causes a fair amount of damage, so much so that it has a name: Computer Vision Syndrome (or Digital Eye Strain). According to the American Optometric Association, "The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain are eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain." The center offers a solution: the "20-20-20 rule; take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes."

    While the solution is relatively simple, it's one of those things that is easier said than done, especially because there's potential for trouble if your boss walks by and catches you staring off into space on "the doctor's orders."

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    Your Mean Boss Is Not Just Killing Your Soul, But Also Your Body

    A Swedish study found a direct correlation between "Managerial leadership and ischaemic heart disease." The lower score a manager received from their employees, the higher their likelihood of heart disease, and that issue compounds over time, meaning if your boss is terrible, you might want to get out of that job sooner rather than later. That's not all: a bad boss could be responsible for depression, sleep issues, high blood pressure, and being overweight.

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    It's Possible The Air You're Breathing In Your Office Is 100x Worse Than The Air Outdoors

    Sick building syndrome is a phrase used to describe general symptoms related to any illness people generally experience in a building despite no specific known cause: headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, etc. It was initially thought these symptoms were directly related to people's lack of desire to be at work, that they were, in essence, psychosomatic. However, people are beginning to question that way of thinking as they come to realize that, for generations, building development has put very little research into ventilation.

    Technical University of Denmark researcher, Jan Sundell, told Newsweek, “Outdoor air is a political hot topic. You get sick due to indoor air. You die due to indoor air.” The problem is clear: people aren't focused on indoor air pollutants. Reportedly, 100 times more money is spent on research for outdoor air pollution than indoor, but there are not only the same pollutants affecting office workers, there are more. Particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other gases are all regularly found in higher concentrations in office buildings.

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    Tight Deadlines Can Adversely Affect Learning And Memory

    Short-term stress lasting as little as a few hours can impair brain-cell communication in areas associated with learning and memory, researchers have found. It has been known that severe stress lasting weeks or months can impair cell communication in the brain's learning and memory region, but this study provides the first evidence that short-term stress has the same effect." 

    At least, according to Science Daily. That's wonderful news if you're "not a school person," since it essentially means school is bad for you. If you're a journalist, however, you're totally screwed. 

    71 votes