Although most of us do work extra hours at some point, it’s always important to consider whether overworking is really worthwhile. Trying to boost work productivity and generate better results, we tend to believe that we should push ourselves to work extra hours. Although overtime means we’ll be spending extra hours at work, it also means we’re taxing our bodies and minds beyond the usual limits. Therefore, how exactly does this affect our physical and mental health, or even work productivity?
Overwork Can Result In Burnout
Coffeeble founder and CEO, Thomas Fultz said that overworking is great if you need the extra pressure, but when you continue working in an overwork mode, this can result in burnout. Overworking might mean working extra hours to get the project you’ve been working on for a while completed faster. However, most people see this as a scary thing because they fear it might be a lot for them. However, you can work at a faster pace for small shorter periods to get everything done, so you just have to be responsible. You can properly control how you overwork whenever you want and at the same time avoid burnout.
Overworking Can Cause Anxiety And Stress
Alexmagnin.com founder and CEO, Alex Magnin said that overworking is pretty bad. Every worker has deadlines to meet and since we’re only humans, it’s always likely that we’ll hit roadblocks. Nonetheless, we cannot speed up that process any further, but we can control it. This might seem counterproductive, but overworking might cause anxiety and stress that makes us to stop thinking straight and make mistakes. If we all took some time off to relax and rejuvenate, it’s highly likely we’ll eventually reach the desired destination, not just faster, but with a high-quality end product. Just take time and you’ll not just be healthier, but also get better at work.
Overworking Causes Dissatisfaction
Many are the times that overworking leaves us with very little time to properly reflect on what’s happening in our lives. Consistent overworking can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life, happiness, relationships, and health. If you work for extended periods on daily basis, there is a possibility you aren’t eating well and this can result in a myriad of health problems. Some people tend to focus on their work that it gets overwhelming for them to handle it and over time they aren’t able to cope with the stress. For this reason, overworking becomes like an addiction and causes dissatisfaction.
Why Britons Are Spending Too Much Time Working?
Each day, hundreds of Britons flock social media platforms to contribute to the hashtag, nevernotworking on Twitter, a type of mantra that conveys an individual’s work ethic. But this covers a very dark reality. Britons have, over the years, embraced work to a point that it has started having a detrimental effect on their family and health life, and also on the economy.
New studies are looking at why Britons are working for extended periods and the health and economic effects of overworking.
Like many other countries, in the UK, the law isn’t clear on the number of hours employees should work. As a result, employers can demand that employees work for more hours as the employer deems fit. Nonetheless, in few cases, employers are obliged to pay workers some extra cash for working overtime.
UK Workers Burnt Out
Over half of UK employees feel overwhelmed or overworked sometimes according to a study released a few years back and 70% of the respondents dreamt of having a different job.
The study showed that many Briton employees are almost on the breaking point – we strongly hope this would be an important element that brings issues of overworking to the attention of policymakers and business leaders throughout England.
A survey conducted by the Families & Work Institute comprising of phone interviews of about 1,003 UK adult employees, stated that 28% of the workers felt overworked. Also, 28% said that there are many times they felt they didn’t have enough time to fully reflect on the work.
ABCNEWS.COM research reported similar results; with 26% of over 1,000 participants saying they felt they were being overworked. The study found why the employees worked for long hours and the amount of time they spent working affected their feelings of overworking. Approximately a quarter of the participants stated they worked for over 50 hours each week, whereas 22% said they worked about 6 – 7 days every week. A quarter stated that they do not use their vacation time, which had an impact on how the workers felt – 55% of the employees who didn’t take their vacation reported higher levels of being overworked vs. 27% of those who use all their vacation days.
Women said they felt being more overworked than the men, and workers between 36 to 54 years and baby boomers said they felt overworked than those older and younger. No matter the age or gender, people who reported being overworked were highly likely to report high-stress levels, lose sleep and neglect themselves and not likely to feel successful in their family and personal relationship.
Carlton Yearwood, director of work-life quality and diversity at PricewaterhouseCoopers said the study showed that the consequences of overwork for staff retention, job performance, and workplace safety are direct and clear.
UK employers have the power to change the overwork culture, a study found. Authorities recommend that changes such as experimentation with work redesign and increasing worker flexibility reduce low-value work or wasted, unnecessary demands or disruptions during a workday.
Overworking isn’t new, but the covid-19 pandemic has made it pretty common. To survive financial turmoil, companies are making deeper cuts and asking workers to increase or maintain their regular output with few resources. Furthermore, working remotely makes it harder for employees to switch off by the end of the workday.
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