Your Job Sucks — It's Unhealthy, Too!


I worked as a recruiter back in the 90s. I was in my office, minding my own business, when I heard a knock at my door. I looked up and saw an administrative assistant in tears.

  • She accidentally stabbed herself in the thigh
  • with a pencil
  • while trying to open a box.

For reals.

She was in pain and asked, “Should I go to the hospital?”

I had one thought:

  • Thank god the pencil isn’t still in your thigh.

There wasn’t any blood so I improvised and suggested a trip to the employee medical department instead of a hysterical call to 911. Human Resources is all about flexibility and creativity. I just rolled with my instincts, yo.

In the spirit of office accidents, I’m sharing an article that lists America’s eight unhealthiest jobs. The list isn’t shocking or odd except that it leaves out firefighters and police officers. (I guess fire and guns aren’t as dangerous as I thought.)

Here’s the list.

  1. Construction Worker
  2. Office/Administrative Staff
  3. Sales Staff (too many donuts?)
  4. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
  5. Janitors and Housekeepers
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. Waiters
  8. Computer Specialists

I’ve seen accidents at work, and most of them are related to employees who are taking a shortcuts or ‘zoning out’ on the job; however, employees have rights (for now) and the article suggests the importance of understanding your options. Get to know the OSHA website, understand your work comp rights & responsibilities, and have a full understanding of your safety-related responsibilities at the office.

Yes, even the most cynical HR bloggers among us have attend compulsory ‘office safety’ seminars. It’s not so bad. There are always donuts.

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