Experts argue that working more than forty hours per week might damage your state of health. It is better for you to rethink the idea of working extra hours or doing a double shift. New research from Australian National University unveiled that individuals who tend to work more than 39-40 hours per week are jeopardizing their state of health and their risk of developing mental health problems increases.
The research analyzes data coming from eight thousand working citizens, being part of the survey Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia. Scientists proved that the reasonable and healthy limit of work per week should be set at 39 hours of work instead of the rule which imposes 48 hours of work. This was internationally established approximately 80 years ago.
Dr. Huong Dinh, the lead researcher of the study, claimed that long work hours would sooner or later affect a person’s physical and mental health. The primary factor is that work reduces the spare time, depriving them of eating well and sleeping well. Statistics have proved that 2 out of 3 Australians who had a full-time job worked more than 40 hours per week.
Dinh noted that the long hours appeared to bring more disadvantages to women wince they were bound to work at home without being paid for it. Generally, while women are as skilled and as capable as males are, they have lower-paid jobs also having less autonomy, leaving aside the fact that they dedicate a lot of time to do chores at home.
On the other hand, for men, the approved work limit was higher, reaching up to 47 hours per week, since they do not dedicate so much time to domestic work. The results were debated in the Social Science & Medicine magazine. In Australia, national guidelines mention that companies are not allowed to ask full-time employees to render over 38 hours a week unless the number of extra hours is reasonable.
It is evident that “fair” proved to be defined differently from company to company. On the other hand, the UN conventions starting in 1919 imposed a maximum of 48 hours of work per week. According to the American Time Use Survey of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans with ages between 25 and 54 who lived in houses with children under 18 years old spent about 8.8 hours working every day.
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