A recent study from Germany has reinforced the message that employees who are placed under significant stress at work are at risk of suffering serious damage to their health.
The study, which was carried out by scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, found that stressful situations at work can have a negative impact on the cardiovascular system and the metabolism. Stress, which is transmitted by direct and indirect signalling pathways, leads to an inflammatory response in the body, which can trigger cardiovascular diseases, amongst others.
The results showed that healthy workers who were exposed to stress at work displayed significantly elevated inflammatory parameters and faced twice the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Job stress was also found to lead to harmful psychological effects such as depression and sleep disturbances as well as to unhealthy behaviour, for example, physical inactivity.
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