A new study has found that a large majority of women are indeed in their spa uniforms at some point during their workday.
The study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that in general, 70% of women work out at least part of the day, and that the majority of them have their workwear worn at some time during the day.
“The results from our study demonstrate that, while women’s workwear is not necessarily an indicator of their physical health, they are at risk of physical health problems,” the authors wrote.
The authors noted that this finding could have an impact on workplace health and safety.
“As a profession, we’re not immune from a range of workplace hazards,” said Dr. Rebecca Shinnen, lead author and a clinical professor of occupational and environmental medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
“And it’s important that we take care of ourselves and our clients as well as take care to prevent those hazards from occurring in the first place.”
The study looked at nearly 1,000 Australian women who had worked as health care professionals for over a decade.
The participants had to complete questionnaires to get an overall score for their workplace attire, and then they had to indicate how many hours they worked in their work wear.
“We found that there is an association between a higher level of work wear and a lower overall score on the physical health questionnaire,” Dr. Shinnens said.
“This could have important implications for workplaces across the country, where health and well-being are of utmost importance.”
She said there are some key recommendations for workplace wellness and wellness awareness, such as ensuring that employees are kept active and getting enough sleep.
“If you are a nurse, you may be asking yourself if you are actually being good health by getting enough exercise and staying up late,” Dr Shinnins said.
The findings from this study will help health care providers make better health care decisions, said Dr Shynen.
“A lot of people will ask if this could have been the case if we had all of our workers wearing their workplace wear, because they would be better prepared for when they’re sick, and they would also be more able to monitor their work habits.”
The authors also found that women are more likely to wear their work attire at home, with an average of one hour and 20 minutes of daily wear per day.
They also found a relationship between workplace wear and workplace injury rates, with one-third of women who worked out for at least 20 minutes in their workplace reporting a reported injury or illness during the workday, compared to just 2% of the women who did not work out.
Dr Shinns also pointed out that many people are not aware that they should be wearing their work apparel at all times, so it’s critical to educate employees on how to dress appropriately and to help them monitor their body and activity levels.
Dr. Shynens said there were two primary causes for this discrepancy, and she believes that the best way to address it is to educate people about the health risks associated with their work dress and to promote wellness awareness.
The researchers are now planning further studies to better understand how these workplace hazards are connected to health.