Apparently just making a living can put you at risk of death.
In this job market, anyone earning a paycheck may consider themselves fortunate, but that doesn’t mean they don’t confront some pretty serious hazards and unfavorable conditions during their nine to five.
For one, just sitting for such a long time can increase the chances of death. Don’t think you can just stand up instead though, then you might end up with a musculoskeletal disorder.
That doesn’t even take into account the potential psychological damage you could face at your office. Co-workers might disrespect you, your boss could think your work sucks and your spouse might just plain be unimpressed with your choice of career.
Of course, there’s always the weekend where you can sleep in and forget about it. What’s that? Oh yeah. More U.S. employees are now working during the weekend and a recent study found that sleeping in can set your whole work week out of whack.
And as for retirement, well, er -- it’s going to be awesome, just great, don’t worry about it. Honestly. Forget we brought it up, because you probably won't get one.
Check out 13 horrifying facts about office life below:
Workers get so <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/workplace-stress-1-million-americans-skip-everyday_n_1332172.html" target="_hplink">stressed that 1 million elect not to show up each day</a> as a result.
Commuting Is Annoying, Unhealthy
Driving long distances twice a day can <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/timi-gustafson/daily-commute_b_1557381.html" target="_hplink">significantly increase the risk of weight problems, heart disease and lung disease</a>.
Have A Seat... All Day
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/sitting-at-work-why-its-dangerous-alternatives_n_1695618.html" target="_hplink">Sitting for 11 or more hours a day increases risk of death</a> by 40 percent.
This Might Be Cleaner Than Your Phone
Desk phones are often dirtier than the office toilet seat, since <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57383856/why-your-office-phone-is-filthier-than-the-toilet/" target="_hplink">"people wipe it down all the time,"</a> according to microbiologist Charles Gerba, CBS News reports. By contrast, any surface with buttons including keyboards, elevators and phones can be very germy.
Blinded By The Light
Three-quarters of workers who use <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/workplace-stress-1-million-americans-skip-everyday_n_1332172.html" target="_hplink">computers suffer eye and vision problems</a>.
Lounging To Death
People with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/workplace-stress-1-million-americans-skip-everyday_n_1332172.html" target="_hplink">sedentary jobs are twice as likely to die from heart disease</a>.
Sixty-five percent of American workers report being <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/09/britons-are-the-worlds-most-bullied-at-work_n_1193521.html" target="_hplink">bullied at the office</a>. Workplace abuse can also have a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/abusive-workplace-behavior-affects-home-life_n_1130521.html" target="_hplink">negative impact on family life</a>.
So Not Key
In terms of the amount of work it causes workers to miss, carpal tunnel syndrome -- caused by too much time at the keyboard -- is second among all diseases and illnesses, according to a <a href="http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/carpal_tunnel_syndrome_000034.htm#ixzz23XNK9LV1" target="_hplink">2007 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>.
The Fridge Might Kill You
More than 40 percent of office refrigerators are cleaned only once a month, and <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_30/b4188077409752.htm?campaign_id=rss_topStories" target="_hplink">22 percent get a scrub down only once or twice a year</a>, <em>Businessweek</em> reports.
Fat And Unhappy
Workers who eat at their desk or while distracted often eat more, according to a study cited by the <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/juggle/2011/05/16/eating-while-working-can-make-you-fat/" target="_hplink"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>. Likewise, "<a href="http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001152" target="_hplink">unhealthy eating could legitimately be considered a new form of occupational hazard,"</a> a 2011 <em>PLoS Medicine</em> paper claims.
More For Less
Between 1979 and 2009, U.S. productivity increased by 80 percent. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/18/wages-productivity-report_n_837814.html" target="_hplink">hourly wage of the median worker only went up by 10.1 percent</a> during that period. That's way less buck for your bang.
Swearing Helps, But Gets You In Trouble
Most <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/12/cities-where-workers-swear_n_1765823.html" target="_hplink">employers look down on employees for swearing</a> even though one <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/cussing-at-work-helps-you_n_1373098.html" target="_hplink">survey found it's helpful for boosting morale</a>.
No Weekend Fun
Changing <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/social-jet-lag-monday_n_1695215.html" target="_hplink">sleep patterns and other behavior associated with the weekend</a>, such as increased consumption of alcohol, can make workers sluggish through Wednesday, according to a recent study.