1.) Eye Strain – if you have a desk job then it is overwhelmingly likely that you have a computer at that desk. And you may be staring at that computer screen for hours at a time. This can add up to pose significant strain for our eyes. Prolonged computer use has become so widespread and commonplace that eye problems which arise as a result have been given their own categorization, called computer vision syndrome (CVS). This refers to a wide variety of eye fatigue and strain, and typically comes about due to the repetitive motion your eyes are continually undertaking while using a computer. Depending on what is on your screen or how often the images are changing in your workflow your day could be a marathon of reading, focusing, and refocusing all set to the scan lines, flicker, and glare that is unique to a computer screen.
2.) Weight gain – for many people with a desk job even subtracting the commute they are looking at possibly 8-10 hours of sitting hunched at their desk, with little cause or opportunity for much movement beyond that. If this sedentary position were not enough, the pace and environment of an office job could create situations which lead to poor eating choices and thus affect your waistline. The convenience of going out to eat can cause many to cram an unhealthy meal into an all too brief lunch hour. Office parties, morning doughnuts by the coffee, vending machines, and even the innocuous candy jar on the secretary’s desk can create a constant stream of light snacking that can seem like it’s getting you through the day but in fact is having you consume a hefty dose of calories you may not have needed in the first place.
3.) Stress and Hypertension – most work involves a certain degree of stress. While a desk job may not have the apparent occupational hazards of working on, say, a deep sea fishing expedition, there are definitely circumstances and hard choices that build up stress that can’t help but affect your life. It can be vexing just commuting to work, completing your shift, then heading back home on a set schedule. But if you’re always fighting your way out of a heavy workload or suddenly find yourself chasing down a deadline this may lead to you working longer and later hours than you were originally scheduled. If this happens with any regularity, then it will likely affect your schedule and ability to have a decent night’s sleep. Over time this disruption of your sleep cycle can wear you down and raise the stress associated with your workweek. And that’s Assuming your boss or management isn’t on your case and adding that particular brand of tension to deal with.