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Have You Seen This? The 40-hour work week might not be good for you

Posted February 16

THE OFFICE — All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Turns out all work — or significantly more than the sanctioned 40-hour work week — could be negatively affecting your health, according to an Australian study and a video put out by DNews on YouTube.

The aforementioned research states that after testing 3,800 men and 4,000 women, the ANU Research School of Population Health found that working more than 39 hours significantly increased those persons’ chances of suffering from mental health problems. Those who worked more than 60 hours a week put themselves at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Another interesting find in the Australian study was that a “healthy work limit” for men was up to 47 hours a week, while that same healthy limit was around 34 hours per week for women, considering that women “spend much more time on care and domestic work” outside of their official employment duties, according to lead researcher Dr. Huong Dihn.

The video also states that working from home not only increases mental wellness, but also ups productivity. In a study conducted with Chinese call center employees, researchers found that workers who did shifts from home made more calls per hour and reported higher work satisfaction.

Another concern with long work days is that it drastically increases the chance that someone will develop a cardiovascular disease. Over the course of 10 years of working, one study found that the risk of CD increased significantly as work hours did, and that staying under 45 hours a week was important to lessen the chance of contracting such a disease.

So to sum up: Work less, do a few shifts from home and take plenty of breaks.

Be sure to watch the video for more interesting tidbits. Oh, and we totally get it if you want to forward this to your boss.

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