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Burnout on the job

Corporate warriors of the new economy cope better with pressure-packed workplaces than with their own health.

Working women have it rough Long working hours, strict deadlines, sleep debt, little exercise, poor diet, balancing work and home... Oh, well, the list of what makes India's corporate female workforce sitting ducks for health disorders is endless. Here are some alarming statistics:

  • 77% avoid going to the doctor, mostly for lack of time.
  • 75% suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder.
  • 68% have some lifestyle disorder or the other.
  • 53% skip meals and munch more of junk food.
  • 47% spend less than Rs 500 on their health a year.

Health downturn

The economic meltdown came with a health warning. But some suffered more than others. Here are four sectors in India with the most unhealthy workforce:

  • Market research/KPO- 50%
  • IT/ITeS sector- 54%
  • Media- 51%
  • Financial services- 47%

Blue collar blues India's loss in terms of potentially productive years due to lifestyle diseases is one of the highest in the world. By 2030, the loss is expected to rise to 18 million years, which is 940 per cent more than that estimated in the US. Stress is the prime killer at work, say experts.

  • 61% believe stress is "healthy" and just a normal part of worklife.
  • 75% do not feel carrying work home causes any kind of stress.
  • 60% of corporate workforce try to help stressed out colleagues through counselling, support, financial help and so on.
  • 52% don't believe in taking a few days off to cope with stress.

20% Indians worry over work-life balance the most. Globally, the state of the economy tops the worry chart.

Source: Corporate Workforce: Chronic and Lifestyle Disease, Assocham; Global Consumer Opinion Survey, AC Nielsen; Preventive Healthcare & Corporate Female Workforce, Assocham; World of Work, Teamlease, 2007-10.

Reproduced From India Today. © 2010.

Courtesy : YAHOO NEWS

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