Why Overworking is Bad for Your Health and Your Business

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While technology has simplified the way we perform day-to-day activities, technology also allows us to be constantly plugged in, which can mean we never really leave the office.

Working late once in a while to finish a project or deal with an emergency is understandable and doesn’t negatively impact your health. However, routinely working late at the office or at home – chronic overworking – can have many severe, negative impacts on your health, relationships, happiness, and overall quality of life.

Think that overworking is only a problem for employees? Think again. Overworking can have negative impacts for employers as well.

Why Overworking is Bad for You

It impairs your sleep
Side effects of overworking such as added stress, staring at the computer for too long, or lack of time to unwind, all negatively impact your sleep. Chronic sleep loss raises the risk of many illnesses, such as obesity and heart disease, and also has short-term effects on your memory.

Increased risk for heart problems
One study found that white-collar workers who worked 3 or more hours of overtime a day had a 60% higher risk of heart-related problems than white-collar workers who didn’t work overtime.

Why Overworking is Bad for Your Business

More input doesn’t mean more output
When “overtime” becomes “all the time,” longer work hours don’t always equate to higher productivity. In fact, one study found that in an 8-hour work day, most people are the most productive between hours 2 and 6, and by hour 9, fatigue sets in and productivity levels drop.

You’re more likely to make mistakes
Overworking makes it much harder to perform usual work tasks, such as making judgement calls, reading people, and managing emotional reactions.

The Bottom Line: Sometimes working long hours can feel rewarding – especially when you finally finish that project you’ve been working on for weeks. But when we make a habit out of overworking, we feel stressed, upset, and experience an unhealthy work-life balance.

Learn more about the negative impacts that overworking can have on individuals and businesses and who’s to blame.

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