The problem of working long hours is one of the most discussed issues today within the professional world. Why you might ask?
Specialists claim that young people trying to get into the companies of their dreams are more likely agreeing to work all of the overtime hours possible to make a good impression on their employer and prove to be an outstanding asset to the company.
Most of you have likely been that person at one point, or perhaps even currently, so let’s talk about why working longer than you should is not a good thing.
Reasons Why You Work Late Hours
There is no single reason why people agree to taking on more overtime hours.
Some of you believe you will get more work done if you spend longer periods of time at the office. You’ve got it cemented in your mind that in order to maintain leading positions in the job market and achieve more, pushing yourself in the office is the only way to go.
Others work more because they perceive working longer as the equivalent of “working harder” (which is still debatable). In their minds, the boss will give them that raise they’ve been wanting, a promotion, or some other reward if they put in the overtime hours first. On top of that, the shift in the attitude to balance work and personal life has resulted in a blurry understanding of which of these two components of life are more important.
And finally, according to the Forbes, young people choose to work overtime because their company’s management keeps loading them with new tasks on top of existing ones, knowing they won’t say a word.
It’s a common belief that graduates are so happy to land a job they think is perfect for them, and most likely will not complain about the work overload. They usually keep silent about the absence of clear instructions and list of things to be done. This added workload and accumulation of additional tasks results in more hours spent in the office.
It is known that for most of the 20th century everything was different in this area: employees used to have a clear picture of what their responsibilities were, and what incentives they would receive for staying longer.
In fact, only company leaders and management used to work long hours while the rest of the employees left at the precise end of the workday. Asking to work longer would be considered something extraordinary and could even be met with the taking away of a worker’s time.
So now that you know a little about why you work too much, here are the ways that it’s tearing you apart inside.
How Working Overtime Affects Your Life
Things change, and that is why working more than forty hours a week is no longer a surprise. The only question left here is whether this is a healthy tendency or not.
Spoiler alert: It’s not.
Let’s take a look at what this practice is doing to your wellness.
1. Is working too much bad for your health?
The common public belief is that working too much is dangerous.
There’s a good reason for that, it’s because it’s true.
All you get for working too hard is significant damage to your health. Don’t believe that? Here is what official data provided by the Occupational and Environmental Journal states about the disadvantages of working too much. As the researchers wrote in that study, people who overwork themselves, especially those who are involved with manual labor jobs, end up having problems lower-back pain.
Meanwhile, people that work in offices also end up suffering from headaches and problems with mental health.
This increased risk of depression causes some to turn to drinking to deal with the stress of working too much overtime.
Spending fifty or more hours at work a day can deprives a worker of being with their family, building stronger relationships with them and, mostly importantly, getting enough rest. The drinking and even mental problems are a direct result of immense psychological stress.
2. It’s Pretty Dangerous
Another issue that comes from working late hours is that it multiplies the chances of accidents and raises the level of safety risks in the workplace.
People that spend more than nine hours in the office can no longer be attentive enough on the road, for instance, when driving home. Moreover a lack of attention starts to develop from the tiredness and leads to more accidents and errors in the workplace.
The saddest thing is that specialists have recently published a report in which they show that medical workers that worked more than 45 hours a week had more than four times more accidents on their record than those who worked regular hours. It is harder to stay concentrated when you are tired.
So be safe. Cut back on the overtime.
3. Overtime Is A Productivity Killer
A common myth is that if you work overtime, you will do more.
Not necessarily true.
Studies have shown that belief is far from being true. People that work too much struggle with an insane amount of stress: physical, emotional and professional.
All this results in their brain being overly busy. This prevents these people from being efficient and productive. Moreover, working too much leads to people achieving less in their careers than they expected. The chance of having getting more work done is very insignificant, especially if you consider taking the cumulative effect of the tiredness into account.
4. Employee Performance Plummets & People Don’t Show Up
Working overtime puts a serious damper on quality of work.
Companies that made their employees work overtime complained that the level of integrity would decrease as the employees got tired. The employees also felt angry with the necessity of having to sacrifice their private life for having to do more in the workplace.
Also employees are likely to turn to absenteeism with the expectation of increased working hours. This notion takes place when an employee is physically present at work, but their mind is absent. They are not thinking about work, which affects the quality of the work that ultimately gets done.
As you see, working overtime is not a good idea for you, as it will affect your productivity and the quality of your work. Therefore, consider these consequences before you agree to work late hours next time.
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