Danish workers have a single payer health system, so it’s easy to track how people use their benefits. This study appears to confirm the link between a rise in work-related stress and the negative impact on our health.
More work and pressure to perform beyond certain levels leads to an increase in depression, anxiety — and eventually, an increase in sick days taken by the overworked.
The takeaway? If you run a company, you risk harming the people you depend on to run your business and to keep your customers happy. If you are an employee, be thoughtful about how you respond to someone else’s appeal for you to work faster, or more intensely. Think carefully about the toll that overtime, or extra shifts, make on your overall well-being.
It may be better to take a pass on that.
For all the details of the Danish study, click the link below.