OVERTIME WORK – THE RISK OF ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
“Employees who work more than 40 hours per week are at greater risk of anxiety and depression, and the risk seems to increase as the number of working hours rises, according to a study of workers in Norway [(Kleppa, Sanne, & Tell, 2008)] ….
“The researchers found that working overtime was associated with higher anxiety and depression scores among both men and women….
“The relationship between overtime and anxiety/depression was strongest among men who work the most overtime — 49 to 100 hours per week. These men also were more likely to hold jobs that require manual labor and lower levels of work skills and education.”
From: “News Briefs,” Journal of Employee Assistance, 3rd Quarter, (2008) p. 27.
Kleppa, E., Sanne, B., Tell, G.S., (2008). Working overtime is associated with anxiety and depression: The Hordaland health study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 50(6), 658-666.
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