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Harvard/NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Poll: More Than Four in Ten Working Adults Think Their Work Impacts Their Health

A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll finds that more than four in ten working adults (44 percent) say their current job has an impact on their overall health, and one in four (28 percent) say that impact is positive.

However, in the survey of more than 1,600 workers in the U.S., one in six workers (16 percent) report that their current job has a negative impact on their health. Workers most likely to say their job has a negative impact on their overall health include those with disabilities (35 percent), those in dangerous jobs (27 percent), those in low-paying jobs (26 percent), those working 50+ hours per week (25 percent), and those working in the retail sector (26 percent).

A number of working adults also report that their job has a negative impact on their levels of stress (43 percent), eating habits (28 percent), sleeping habits (27 percent), and weight (22 percent). “The takeaway here is that job number one for U.S. employers is to reduce stress in the workplace,” said Dr. Robert J. Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard Chan School, who directed the survey.

View the complete poll findings.

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An on-demand recording of the School’s July 11 Forum webcast, Health in the American Workplace: Are We Doing Enough?, will be available here.