A study done at The Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden, shows stress at work contributes to or cause heart disease and heart attacks.
That’s old news, you say? Everyone knows stress causes heart disease and a host of other problems, you say? My answer is you’re right. This is not new news.
Many years ago the famous Whitehall Studies in the UK showed that having a job you hate is one of the top, if not the top, cause of mortal hazard in employees. That study has been replicated over in Europe. This Swedish study merely confirms anew the Whitehall studies. (Oddly it is extremely hard to get studies like this published in the US. But that will be a topic for another article.)
If an employer wants a wellness program that really works and is effective in preventing heart disease, illness, and premature death, stop pushing failed wellness programs and get about de-stressing the workplace. There are many proven ways to do that. One way is this: when something goes wrong at work, quit looking for someone to blame and start looking for poor processes that permitted the error to occur. Blame poor processes and not people. To do that will require a genuine cultural shift which most companies don’t want to make.
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Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting and co-founder of EdisonHealth. In December 2012, Tom was listed in Forbes.com as one of 13 unsung heroes changing healthcare forever. In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in healthcare in the US for his work on medical ethics. Prior to consulting, Tom spent a number of years working for large corporations: Walmart Stores, Burger King, and British Petroleum.