11 Alarming Statistics About Working Excessively
In a casual conversation with a potential client, it was brought up to the discussion that she is on her fourth marriage. Taken by surprise, and evident to my client, I candidly asked her what she believed was the main cause of the divorces. “Working too much, Mike.” She said as she expressed her embarrassment.
Whether you are a baby boomer, a Gen X’er, a millennial, or a Generation Z’er (post-millennials, founder, iGeneration, etc.), learning to balance work and life (or life and work) is a quintessential skill to dominate in the 21st century for the sake of your personal and professional life.
Here are 11 alarming statistics to be aware of and take intentional action to reduce the excessive working hours:
Reported in an article by Public Library of Science (PLOS), people who work 11 or more hours a day have a more-than-double risk of major depressive episode when comparing with workers who put in 7 or 8 hours a day. It’s been reported that almost 25% of the global workforce is depressed. And 92% of the 1,200 respondents listed that the current state of their mental health was due to job performance.
Lack of Family Care
It goes without saying that if you spend too much time on one thing, the remaining things will have less and less of your time. When you work too much, you are neglecting your family and friends. Whether you agree with it or not, that is how it is perceived. Your lack of time invested in your family has drastic implications.
If you are like millions of workers, it is likely that you will spend most of your working hours sitting down. Here are additional five predominantly alarming facts about the correlation of working and sitting:
Diabetes & Obesity
Simply put, according to a new research by the University of Missouri, “if people spend the majority of their time sitting, even with regular periods of exercise, they are still at greater risk for chronic diseases.” Furthermore, “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of Americans have inactive lifestyles (they take fewer than 5,000 steps a day) and 75 percent do not meet the weekly exercise recommendations (150 minutes of moderate activity each week and muscle-strengthening activity twice a week) to maintain good health.”
This one comes as a huge surprise to me. In an article by NBC News, they report that 173,000 cases of cancer emerge each year due to the excessive amount of hours sitting down at work.
Eye Strain Tiredness
Beyond the several vision issues due to the fact that most of us spend hours in front of a computer, the amount of continuous light consumed by our eyes get us gradually tired. When leaving work, we are more prone to going home and relaxing. Which in turn tune us off from further engagement with social hours in our personal and professional lives.
Additionally, another factor to bring to light is the impact that working excessively has on one’s health. According to an article published by Yahoo, “people who sit for the majority of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.”
A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who sat six or more hours a day were nearly 40 percent more likely to die over a 13-year-stretch than those who sat less than three hours. As for men? Sitting for more than six hours was linked with an 18-percent higher risk of death.
Lack of Sleep
A recent survey found that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and sleep difficulties visit 75% of us at least a few nights per week. This lack of sleep is highly linked to working excessively. When you lack sleep, it makes you have memory loss, gain weight, have irritability and mood swings, have serious cardiovascular health problems, and be prone to getting cancer (as previously discussed).
When thinking about the correlation of work-life balance regarding a marriage, those who file and follow through a divorce state that they do so because of the lack of commitment (73%) their spouses show. Obviously, more time at work means less time with your spouse.
According to Mayo Clinic, about 25% of people have identify work as the primary stressor in their lives. Factors included workload, daily commutes, co-workers, and endless daily tasks.
Working has many positive implications in one’s personal and professional life. However, like in many things, excessive working, as we have just covered, has severe negative impact on one’s life. Reducing your working hours to 7-8 on a daily basis is a must. Staying active while at work is another factor to be on the lookout, however.
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