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Can Working Long Hours Negatively Affect My Company’s Success?

Can Working Long Hours Negatively Affect My Company’s Success?

Many working professionals are notorious for their long hours on the clock, dedicated to research, gathering information, coordinating with others in the company, and responding to emails. CEOs and executives may find themselves with not enough time in the day, as running a company means that something can always be done. While long hours may seem to ensure that things get done, it can have a detrimental effect on your personal life, including your family and health. Much energy goes into running a company, and the ones who practice self-care regularly are often the ones who are able to provide the most for their teams because they have a “full cup” to work with.

Inc. reports several consequences of working past 40 hours a week, including:

  • Working more than 10 hours a day is associated with a 60% jump in risk for cardiovascular issues
  • 10% of those working 50-60 hours a week report relationship issues, with that number jumping to 30% after 60 hours
  • Working more than 40 hours a week is linked to increased alcohol and tobacco consumption, with unhealthy weight gain in men and depression in women
  • Individuals with 11 hours or more of overtime have an increased depression risk
  • Working long hours is associated with an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which has a direct impact on: sleep, appetite, blood pressure, immune system function, memory/cognition, mood, and more.

A 2015 study published in the journal BMJ sought to explore the association between working long hour and alcohol consumption. A total of 61 studies were reviewed, and researchers found that individuals who work beyond recommended hours are more likely to increase their alcohol use – placing them at risk for alcohol dependency in the long run. How, then, does all of this tie in to your company’s success?

Successful businesses need a leader who has the mental and physical capacity to carry out daily operations and provide guidance to the team on a regular basis. Long hours can become detrimental to a professional’s mental and physical health, thus placing them at risk for optimal functioning in their position. If you’ve been finding yourself staying late in the office, call it a night. Take breaks. Eat healthy food, and spend time with your loved ones. Your happiness, health, and the success of your company depend on it!

If you haven’t already, speak with someone from a professional treatment center to learn more about programs to best suit your needs. Optimal recovery is possible, and you are not alone in your pursuit for happiness, health, and wellbeing.

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