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The Adverse Effects of Long Working Hours and How to Deal With It

Effects of Long Working Hours and How to Deal With It
After the Industrial Revolution, labor intensive jobs gave way to roles which required more mental ability. With this also came the change in the effects of work on our physical and mental well-being. The number of physical injuries have been overtaken by mental stress and pressure related ailments.
Yohan Adrianwalla
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2019
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According to reports published by the American Institute of Stress:
  • Around 80% of workers feel stress on the job
  • Nearly 14% of respondents had felt like striking a coworker
  • Approximately 25% have felt like screaming or shouting
  • Almost 18% had experienced some sort of threat or verbal intimidation
  • About 62% reported neck pain
  • Nearly 44% reported stressed-out eyes
  • Around 34% reported difficulty in sleeping
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The simple task of sitting at your desk for more than six hours a day can affect your health:
  • Increases the risk of heart disease by 64%
  • Increases one's weight
  • Muscle atrophy (abs, glutes, hip flexors)
  • Poor blood circulation to the extremities and the brain
  • Softer bones
  • Sore neck, shoulders, and back
  • Reduced sleep efficiency
  • Psychological problems
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The psychological and physiological effects of long working hours can further affect other aspects of work:
  • Safety risks
  • Lower productivity
  • Higher absenteeism
  • More attrition
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To deal with the effects of long hours, employers can:
  • Lower unscheduled absences
  • Do appropriate staffing that meets demand
  • Discourage overtime
  • Increase productivity
  • Provide access to balanced meals
  • Incorporate the need for ergonomics
  • Offer mental health facilities, physiotherapists, and massage therapists
  • Organize staff yoga classes
  • Have counseling
  • Organize employee engagement and fun activities
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Employees can deal with the effects of long working hours by:
  • Taking regular breaks
  • Following a healthy diet
  • Doing regular exercise
  • Socializing
  • Planning a schedule (make time for work that may come up at the last minute)
  • Paying attention to ergonomics and posture
  • Focusing and trying to avoid mixing work and pleasure