According to World Health Organization, overworking employees is the cause of early death.

On May 17, the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization presented their research findings on how long working hours can be associated with early death

After conducting 37 studies on ischemic heart disease and 22 studies on strokes, it was conquered that those working over 55 hours a week are at a higher risk for developing early health problems. 

Employees at the highest risk of death due to long working hours are middle-aged men between the ages of 45 and 74. Many of these men were seen dying from heart-related problems by the time they reached 66 to 79 years of age.

Long working hours and COVID-19

With COVID-19 causing many lifestyle changes for individuals, WHO and ILO are making it a priority to spotlight employees who are working long hours due to the pandemic. 

“Teleworking has become the norm in many industries, often blurring the boundaries between home and work,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “In addition, many businesses have been forced to scale back or shut down operations to save money, and people who are still on payroll end up working longer hours.”

The solution that should be enforced to solve this problem?Introducing policies that ban overtime for employees, making work times more flexible for employees, and ensuring that employees work no more than 35-40 hours a week. With these policies implemented, companies can cut long working hours and help to end early deaths brought by our paychecks. 

Hannah Walker

Hannah Walker is a health reporter at The Pavlovic Today.