A new study has revealed that working more than 55 hours a week is bad for your health. The time spent at work is increasing, especially due to the health crisis that has changed professional habits. Accordingly, the World Health Organization issued a warning to protect the health of employees.
The French magazine ” Femmea ctuelle ” refers in its report to the famous proverb that says “work is healthy” as long as you do not overdo it! This is confirmed by a new study by the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization, published in the journal Envirmon International. She points out that working more than 55 hours a week would harm health and increase the risk of death. Read also Permanently different .. How will office work after the end of the Corona pandemic?In a new study, “Zoom stress” is more prevalent among women Boredom, insomnia and isolation… What do you know about the “hutch syndrome” that Corona introduced us into?This is what happens to your body when you hate your job
Work more than 55 hours dangerous
The magazine indicated that as a result of long working hours, there were 745,000 deaths related to stroke or “ischemic heart disease” in 2016, an increase of 29% since 2000, when “398,000 people died from stroke and 347,000 from one of the diseases.” heart for working at least 55 hours a week,” the World Health Organization and Labor International said in a recent statement.
The results of this study show that working 55 or more hours per week is associated with an approximately 35% increase in the risk of stroke and a 17% increase in the risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared to a weekly work of 35-40 hours.
It’s time for everyone to confess
“Working 55 hours or more a week is a significant health risk. It is time for everyone, governments, employers and employees, to recognize that long working hours can lead to premature death,” says Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at WHO.
Corona epidemic increased working hours
The magazine adds that if time spent at work is worrying, it’s because hours are on the rise: “The number of people working long hours is on the rise and currently represents 9% of the world’s population.” This is mainly due to the professional habits that have developed since the beginning of the “Covid-19” pandemic. The popularization of remote work has resulted in the lack of separation between professional and personal life.
“In addition, many companies have had to reduce or stop their activities to save money, and their remaining employees have ended up working longer hours,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
Thus, the organization states that “no job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease”. It proposes measures to protect the health of employees. Including the adoption of public policies that specify maximum limits for working time, or the distribution of working hours among employees so that the work week does not exceed 55 hours.