WORKFACT WEDNESDAY: Little-Known Facts About Working

Next to fatal traffic accidents, falling is the number one cause of fatalities at work.

Nearly 60% of people report checking their work email over Christmas and Thanksgiving.

The United States lags far behind more industrialized nations in family-oriented policies, such as maternity leave, paid sick days, and breastfeeding support.

In a phenomenon known as “karoshi,” a high number of Japanese drop dead at the work desk as a result of their 60 “70-hour workweek. Every year, over 10,000 Japanese suffer “karoshi.”

Recirculated office air can make employees sick. Known as “Sick Building Syndrome,” the malaise includes dry skin, fatigue, headaches, and irritated eyes, nose, and throat. Symptoms usually disappear after leaving the building.

The average work desk is home to 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

The three most common jobs in America are 1) salesperson, 2) cashier, and 3) fast-food worker.

Charles Darwin invented the modern office chair when he added wheels to his own chair, so he could move around his office easier.

Once an item is filed away, there is a 98% chance it will never be seen again.

The average worker spends at least 50 minutes a day looking for lost items and files.

For every 1,470 resumes received, an employer will hire just one person.

Before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, American women could get fired from a job for being pregnant.

In Russia, women cannot work as truckers, ship captains, and at least 456 other jobs. The government deemed them “too dangerous” for women.

In China, women are barred from being miners because, according to the Chinese government, women cannot carry heavy loads or escape quickly in the case of an accident.

In France, women are prohibited from any job that involves carrying loads heavier than 55 lbs (25 kilograms). Women also cannot transport more than 99 lbs (45 kilograms) in a wheelbarrow.