For some people, working long hours give them a sense of accomplishment. For others, it’s simply the demands of the job. In any case, working long hours is NOT GOOD for your health and wellbeing.
Here are some reasons why you should stop working long hours.
Higher Risk of Stroke and Heart Diseases
According to a global study by the International Labour Organization (ILO), working 55 hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease. This study showed 745,000 people died in 2016 from these diseases due to working long hours alone. Extensive work hours also induce diabetes, hypertension, and other metabolic syndromes.
Based on these, working overtime does not do your body any favors.
Ill Effects on Mental Health
According to a study, 53% of people working long hours exhibit symptoms of depression and anxiety. This is also directly correlated to their lack of restful sleep. To top it off, extended work hours significantly contribute to psychological stress. Stress can lead to other more adverse conditions.
Ideally, a person should work a maximum of 40 hours a week. Research shows that an individual working way beyond this time starts becoming less productive. The rate of errors increases, while the speed and quality of output decrease. It’s then counterintuitive to work longer hours than recommended.
Increased Occupational Risk
Due to both physical and mental fatigue, accidents are more likely to happen. A lack of focus and a slower reaction rate can contribute to this. If it will cost you literally an arm and a leg, isn’t it time to reconsider your priorities?
Less Time For Socials
Being constantly at work pulls away time for social interaction including the time you can spend with the family. We need to feed our need for interpersonal interaction outside our profession. Work can easily replace you once you’re gone. Be with people who truly matter. Spend your time wisely.