Binge working is bad for health and family life
- By: Richard Hurley
Overworking has negative health effects, contributes to unhealthy lifestyles, and has a detrimental effect on family life and performance at work, a UK charity's survey has found. And previous research has shown that women are worse affected because their jobs tend to be lower status and they are more likely to have responsibility for bringing up children.
Working Families' recent survey of 646 working parents found that 56% work more than 40 hours a week, even though only a fifth is contracted to do so. Parents who work longer hours reported higher stress levels, which manifested as headaches in 36% of parents, exhaustion in 35%, depression in 28%, and insomnia in 21%. Three fifths of parents also said that they often or never have time to exercise because of work commitments. And that meant that regular healthy meals were replaced with shop bought preprepared food for 35% of parents who