A few days ago, I called up an insurance company, not to buy their product, but to talk about an interview I intended to do on health insurance with one of their bosses.
I must say that all the employees I encountered on the telephone were ill-tempered, snappy and very unhelpful.
My suspicions about high stress levels and feelings of demotivation among health insurance, general and life insurance employees were proven, when I read a research carried out by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), reported by hi-mag.com.
Around half of insurance workers think their bosses do not care about workplace health, the report said. Almost two-thirds (64%) of employees at insurance companies say their workplace does not offer any opportunities to get fit and healthy.
Over a quarter (27%) of insurance workers rated their daily stress levels as five out of ten or above. Respondents reported that stress from work spilled over into their home life and free time.
A third (37%) claimed stress from work made them feel more tired than usual, and more than a quarter (28%) said they find it difficult to sleep. Over half of the insurance workers surveyed (52%) also admit to taking one or more sick days during an average month.