I saw this article in my colleague’s workplace. Funny and true.
WORKING WITH IDIOTS CAN KILL YOU
STOCKHOLM — Idiots in the office are just as hazardous to your health as cigarettes, caffeine or greasy food, an eye-opening new study reveals. In fact, those dopes can kill you!
Stress is one of the top causes of heart attacks — and working with stupid people on a daily basis is one of the deadliest forms of stress, according to researchers at Sweden’s Lindbergh University Medical Center.
The author of the study, Dr. Dagmar Andersson, says her team studied 500 heart attack patients, and were puzzled to find 62 percent had relatively few of the physical risk factors commonly blamed for heart attacks.
“Then we questioned them about lifestyle habits, and almost all of these low-risk patients told us they worked with people so stupid they can barely find their way from the parking lot to their office. And their heart attack came less than 12 hours after having a major confrontation with one of these oafs.
“One woman had to be rushed to the hospital after her assistant shredded important company tax documents instead of copying them. A man told us he collapsed right at his desk because the woman at the next cubicle kept asking him for correction fluid — for her computer monitor.
“You can cut back on smoking or improve your diet,” Dr. Andersson says, “but most people have very poor coping skills when it comes to stupidity — they feel there’s nothing they can do about it, so they just internalize their frustration until they finally explode.”
Stupid co-workers can also double or triple someone’s work load, she explains. “Many of our subjects feel sorry for the drooling idiots they work with, so they try to cover for them by fixing their mistakes. One poor woman spent a week rebuilding client records because a clerk put them all in the ‘recycle bin’ of her computer and then emptied it — she thought it meant the records would be recycled and used again.”
I have noticed that many of my co-workers have been absent in the office this last few days. Sick? Stressed? I think so. They have been concentrating too much at work that they forgot to give some concerns on their health. I have read that companies are having problems in sustaining talented workers, also include the stress that the remaining workers experience in the workplace. Many workers claim that stress has a big impact on them, also to the economy and enterprises, as this condition continues to rise. Nowadays, many people who tend to be workaholics increases. Some suffer mental illnesses while others suffer from depression. I couldn’t believe that many people prefer to work too much that they forget their health and safety. Yes, they have the riches that they want but they couldn’t bring those money to their deaths. In a workplace where workaholism appears, everyone is fighting or even dying to work to be paid with the high salary they are asking for.
A worker is very important in one’s workplace so the companies should learn from their mistakes and be responsible to their workers. I’ve been working for two years in a company and I also witness my co-workers difficulties. Some concentrates on overwork affecting their productivity at work, family relationship and personal health. Some of them ended up resigning under workplace health and safety guidelines. I’ve been working so hard all day too but sometimes I take vacation leave to relax a bit. In all these, I believe that employers should ensure the health and safety of all workers by offering risk management in the workplace. It is their obligation to the workers. Be it emotionally, mentally or physically. They should take it seriously or suffer the penalties.
The said issues are part of the occupational health and safety of the workers. What is occupational health and safety? It is an important area which concerns the health, protection, safety and welfare of people employed in a company. If employers are having problems in managing their business, they can outsource firms which specializes with occupational health and safety, risk and workers compensation. These firms can do the management of the business for them. In this case, they can concentrate with the goals of their business and ensure that everything will be in the right place.