If you have a job in the current unprecedented economic times, you are probably doing everything n your control to hold on to it. Most people here are probably guilty of putting in way more hours than you are supposed to. You might think you are getting more done by working longer, but in fact every hour you work over 40 hours a week is making you less productive. Here are 7 reasons why you should stop working long hours today if you want to stay healthy and work productively!
1. Reduced productivity
Working long hours can is often counterproductive. Yes, you heard us right. It is actually recommended to work not longer than 40 hours a week as you get burned out and inevitably start falling behind in your duties. Furthermore, with your productivity declining, you have to spend more hours trying to catch up on neglected tasks.
2. Increased fatigue
Fatigue sets in when you work extended hours over a long period of time. Symptoms of fatigue from extended working hours include weariness, poor concentration and irritability. Did you also realise that you are more susceptibility to falling sick when you’re working lots of overtimes? These symptoms can become a hindrance to productivity. Therefore, if you don’t stop and rest from work, fatigue will increase, resulting in health problems.
“Hi boss, I can’t overtime because it’s making me fat.”
Whenever you work overtime, it results in reduced time spent preparing home-cooked meals, exercising and sleeping. These are risk factors for obesity. Although it is not a direct correlation between working overtime and obesity, getting off the 40-plus-hour-a-week treadmill now is definitely a better habit for your overall physical and mental well-being.
4. Reduced social interactions and quality of life
You will find it difficult to maintain a healthy social life when you are constantly working overtime. Furthermore, extended work hours can also reduce the quality of your life by conflicting with quality time for family and time for other responsibilities and needs outside work. However, you should always keep this in mind – relationship is important. If you don’t have time for your family and friends just because you are too busy with work, it will lead to a strained relationship. So, stop working long hours and get a life outside of work.
5. Extended exposure to work-related stress
For certain shiftworkers on control room duty, the day shift often provides high demands for work-related activity and distraction, and involves a high number of interactions with maintenance, instrumentation engineers, contractors and other support staff who work consecutive day shifts. This is especially true on week days. Twelve continuous hours may be a long time for a control room operator to deal with the stress associated with these conditions.
6. Increased ergonomic risk
Potential injury problems may occur with shift-workers who have physically demanding jobs. The strain of working such jobs on a 12-hour shift instead of an 8-hour shift could potentially increase physical complaints, such as back problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. Job processes, job rotation, and engineering solutions might have to be reexamined and altered in order to reduce the physical strain on employees.
7. Heart attack
Did you know? According to a study by The University of College London, the risk of heart disease increases by 67% for people who work long hours compared to people who work the standard 7-8 hours a day. Although a number of pre-existing underlying factors like high blood pressure may make a difference, you heart is not going to be happy with you working extended hours.