Whether you were a part-time waiter, seasonal retail associate, or any position in between, most of us have worked in positions (or are still working in positions) that meet our financial needs, but may not be actually be in our chosen career field. Fast-paced and stressful jobs like waitressing often require a lot of energy, but the financial payoff rarely matches up to the energy performed. In fact, the eight lowest-paying jobs in the United States all require lots of labor. Conclusively, a bad job or low-quality working conditions can impact more than just your paycheck— often times, both your physical and mental health face consequences when working in stressful positions.
American adults who are employed full-time report working an average of 47 hours per week, so it is unsurprising that one’s work environment can influence the physical and mental health of employees. A 2017 Gallup study showed 51 percent of full-time employed Americans report being uninterested in their jobs, while another 16 percent actively disliked their workplaces. Employees who hate their jobs obviously have a detrimental effect on the employer and workplace atmosphere, but what does a bad job do to the individual? Here are five huge ways your bad job may be adversely affecting your physical and mental wellbeing.