Friday, 6 March 2009

New research shows too much work is not good for you after all

With all the kafuffle from UK businesses and the government around opt outs to the working time directive, and fit notes instead of sick notes, new research shows in fact too much work is not good for you.
There has been an overtime culture in the UK for decades, with millions of workers actually working this overtime for no extra pay. Employees who work long hours could be putting themselves at risk of developing dementia. That is according to research from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.The study of 2,214 British civil servants found that middle aged employees who worked for over 55 hours a week also had worse short term memory and were less able to recall words than those who worked less than 41 hours.
Commenting on the results, the researchers said: "This study shows that long working hours may have a negative effect on cognitive performance in middle age."The link between cognitive impairment and dementia later in life is clearly established."The researchers went on to suggest that employees who work long hours are putting themselves as at much risk of developing dementia as those who smoke.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I still say that the working time directive was not designed to STOP people from working overtime it was designed to stop people from being FORCED to work unpaid overtime All voluntary overtime should be exempt from the WTD