• Jonathan Shiek

Study Reveals That Long Working Hours Are Killing 745,000 People A Year

Some of us are probably guilty of being a workaholic. While there’s nothing wrong with having a strong work ethic, it’s important to remember that no job is worth sacrificing your health and safety for.

A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that working long hours is known to kill hundreds of thousands of people in a year. It was found that back in 2016, up to 745,000 people have died from stroke and heart diseases that are associated with long working hours.

And just three short years later, the figure has increased by 30% in 2020. WHO officials said that this may be due to the pandemic and the surge in remote working habits as well as global economic shutdowns, which led to an increase in risks.

The results from the study found that working 55 hours or more a week is linked to a 35% increase in risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease, as compared to a 35-40 hour working week.

The WHO estimates that at least 9% of people work long hours, and up to 72% of victims affected were middle-aged or older men. But most of the time, these deaths only occur later in life, possibly even decades after one has been working long hours.

The research also showed that out of the 194 countries, those who live in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region such as China, Japan and Australia were among the most affected by this harmful working trend.

Hopefully with this study, more people will realise the disastrous effects of long working hours and stop practising this in the workplace for the sake of our health.


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