Long working hours increase risk of stroke and death by heart disease; study by World Health Organisation and International Labour Organisation finds

“Working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard. It’s time that we all, governments, employers, and employees wake up to the fact that long working hours can lead to premature death.”

Dr Maria Neira, Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization

This study, released yesterday, has found a” 35% higher risk of stroke and 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease” when 50-55 hours/week between 2000 and 2016. The WHO believes that these numbers are prone to worsen due to the pandemic.

This trend is more evident in Western Pacific and Southeast Asia and I’m sure it will spread to the rest of the world if nothing significant changes soon.

We’re far due this conversation.

From the Goldman Sachs case to everyday stories of abusive working conditions, we must become aware of the impact of how we’re demanded at work in our physical and mental health.

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #BurnoutawArenessWeek are urgent and necessary 52 weeks a year.

Carol Milters

Carol Milters

Writer, facilitator and investigator of burnout, workaholism and the culture of mental health at work.

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