Jason Olsen, a 39-year-old policy advisor for the Department of Labor and uses the Washington, D.C., Metro to commute to work three times a week. On the other days of the week Olsen telecommutes from home to avoid the challenge of taking the Metro. Ruby Wallau/NPR
“More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact.
“That’s according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
“While it may not sound so surprising that work affects health, when we looked more closely, we found one group was particularly affected by stress on the job: the disabled.
“More than 60 percent of people with a disability in our poll say their job has a bad impact on their stress level.
“Jason Olsen says he’s not surprised by the poll’s findings. As I met him at his home in Gaithersburg, Md., we start trading commuter complaints. Traffic was terrible getting here, I say.
“But his story wins out.”