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Workplace Stress Taking its Toll

Posted - Jun. 4, 2004 at 6:23 a.m.



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WILMINGTON, Del., Jun 03, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- One in three Americans may be making themselves sick just by going to work each day.

Results from a new landmark study show differences in the way men and women are managed -- fueled by the differences in what they value most at work -- puts both genders at risk for cardiovascular problems, depression and a higher susceptibility to infectious diseases.

The study indicates gender-based differences in workplace values can create a company culture of underlying stress and conflict that affects the physical and emotional health of both men and women. The study also shows women are at a higher health risk from workplace stress than men.

Elizabeth Browning, chief executive officer of LLuminari, the national health education firm that commissioned the study, said its findings are significant because they link gender-based medicine with a healthy workplace.

"All companies are looking for solutions to reduce healthcare costs," Browning said. "The answer isn't just about gyms and healthier choices in the cafeterias. The study shows that a complete solution must include addressing corporate workplace culture and its link to a healthy workforce."

The study, titled "Creating Healthy Corporate Cultures for Both Genders," was conducted for LLuminari by workplace expert P. Michael Peterson, a professor of health promotion at the University of Delaware.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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