The world of work in which we live seems to be guided by a fundamental principle, that of maximizing productivity with minimum effort and investment.
One of the consequences of this type of mentality is the creation of toxic work environments, in which everyone, from employees to managers, is constantly subjected to high levels of stress and discontent.
Stressful rhythms, deadlines impossible to meet, too many overtime, are just some of the factors that contribute to making work dangerous. Depression, suicides, heart attacks, the list is long.
Studies showing the effect of stress on people abound, and we know what the consequences may be for those who undergo long, similar periods. Not to mention the enormous impact it has on the society in which we live, as well as on the companies themselves.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to imagine a world in which work does not have to be the cause of stress and disease, but to reach a similar situation it is necessary to act collectively, so that work is no longer something for which you risk dying.
Ways on how work negatively affects our health
There are ten main factors that contribute to what we call “work stress”:
1. Unemployment – the very lack of a job, of economic security, is one of the major sources of despair and depression.
2. Lack of medical coverage – especially in states where healthcare is private, many workers get coverage through their employer.
3. Shift work – the irregularity of work activity leads to a greater difficulty in reconciling work and private life.
4. Overtime – working more than 40 hours a week can lead to greater fatigue, and therefore raise our stress levels.
5. Job insecurity – for example, working for a company that recently downsized its workforce by laying off other employees. This can make us feel uncertain about the security of our place.
6. Work-family conflicts – when work commitments do not allow us to fully enjoy our family life, malaise increases.
7 . Poor freedom – this includes little autonomy in organizing your activities, and little control over your work environment.
8 . Too stringent work needs – the pressure to increase productivity leads to an increase in stress levels.
9. A low level of social interaction – when we cannot socialize with colleagues, the sense of alienation and disconnection increases.
10. Working in an environment where injustices are perceived – undeserved promotions or favorable treatments make the perception of the workplace extremely negative.
Layoffs have several side effects
One strategy many companies use to deal with moments of crisis is the reduction of staff through layoffs. Obviously the immediate impact is on people who lose their jobs and with it economic stability.
But the negative effects of this practice don’t stop there. The climate of uncertainty that is created in the company also has profound repercussions on the morale of the people who continue to work on it. As a result, morale is lowered, which can directly lead to a decrease in productivity.
Layoffs can also lead to unexpected expenses for a company. Suffice it to count liquidations and coupons, which in the case of mass layoffs can reach important figures. There is also a risk of incurring class attorney fees and court cases brought by ex-employees.