We all know that slogging it away for hours on end at work isn’t exactly the funnest way to spend your time and in recent years, staying back late at work has actually been proven to seriously damage your health and wellbeing.
Most recently, scientists have discovered that working more than 40 hours per week is not only counterproductive but the most hazardous to your health. Here’s what else they found.
- Working more than 10 hours a day is associated with a 60% jump in the risk of cardiovascular issues.
- 10% of those working 50 – 60 hours a week report relationship problems; the rate increases to 30% for those working more than 60 hours.
- Working more than 40 hours a week is associated with increased alcohol and tobacco consumption, as well as unhealthy weight gain in men and depression in women.
- Little productive work occurs after 50 hours per week. In white collar jobs, productivity declines by as much as 25% when workers put in 60 hours of more.
- Injury rates increase as work hours increase. Those who work 60 hours per week have a 23% higher injury hazard rate.
- Many of the problems identified tie to stress, which connects to hormonal balances. Stress raises cortisol, which can disrupt sleep, appetite, blood pressure, immune system function, memory/cognition, mood, and more.
Well, if that isn’t a reality check, how about this? France has recently made it illegal to email employees after hours, doctors have endorsed napping during work hours and another study found a 3-day working week may be ideal if you’re over 40.
Is it time to take it easier?