A new poll shows 59 percent of New York City workers find their jobs stressful — and more than half say that the “job stress” in their workplace could impact their physical and mental health. But the reality is a lot of New Yorkers still refuse the stress-relieving services provided by a growing list of health-care and fitness services available at city hotels, clubs and office buildings.
Based on the findings of a new Medford, New York, survey commissioned by the Alliance for a Healthier New York and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, “Hotel workers are miserable. Do you know why?” respondents were asked to answer by completing a survey; 402 hotel workers participated and 601 workers in offices and general places of employment were surveyed.
About one in six city hotel workers say that stress at their workplace results in physical or mental illnesses, compared with just one in 20 city hotel workers who report the same frequency of sick days. The study found that 72 percent of city hotel workers consider their jobs stressful and 46 percent say they experience an unhealthy amount of stress. Conversely, only a quarter of office workers who responded to the survey found their jobs stressful.
“For too long we have worried about not having enough flexible work schedules so that employees don’t lose their jobs because they get sick,” said Alliance for a Healthier New York Executive Director Jacob Walles, M.D. “But working conditions have become even more stressful in the midst of long hours and poorly-paying jobs. In the absence of paid sick days, workers risk losing their jobs if they’re sick — which means they can’t afford to even get sick, which has consequences for their health, and can also result in greater health care costs when employees do get sick.”