Working More may Harm your Health

By  , Agency News
Aug 28, 2013

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  • A preliminary link between workaholics and reduced physical and mental well-being.
  • Study conducted using data of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979.
  • Workaholics must be aware of the effect excessive work has on their physical and mental well-being.

WorkaholismA new study at the Kansas State University warns that employees who work for more than 50 hours a week may be harming their mental and physical health. The study reports that well-being is not a priority for workaholics.

They found a relationship between workaholism and physical and mental well-being in a study conducted using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. According to the panel, reduced physical well-being is measured by skipped meals.

They also found that workaholism was associated with reduced mental well-being as measured by a self-reported depression score. However, workaholics overwork because they feel that cost of not doing so becomes greater.

Workaholism is a disorder marked by progressive, excessive work activity of a person, losing the necessary balance between work and leisure for a healthy life.

The study was published in the journal Financial Planning Review.


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