The Workplace and Health

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Summary Statement

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with National Public Radio and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, conducted a poll of working adults in the U.S. to examine their perceptions of health problems and challenges in the workplace. This report summarizes the findings of the study and stratifies the sample into low-paying jobs, dangerous jobs, “workaholics”, millennial workers, shift workers, workers with disabilities, racial/ethnic minorities and women versus men. Overall, the study shows that a significant portion of working adults feel their jobs impact their health in some way. A special focus is placed on sick days and stress levels.
July 2016