Health and working hours

We have discussed shorter work weeks in the past. There are several reasons for a reduction or working hours. Now French research adds another one to this list. According to a report on ScienceDaily people who work long hours over a decade have an increased risk of a stroke.

Though the article does not define “long work hours”, its clear that long work hours are a serious health risk. And given the high costs of people suffering strokes – not limited to only the direct financial costs related to medical care – there is a strong case to made for shorter work weeks as a preventive health policy.

Another study, from 2015, indicates that more than 55 hours a week will increase stroke risk with a third compared to people who work 35 to 40 hours a week. Interesting to note is an Israeli study that showed that working people have a better prospect on recovering from strokes than unemployed stroke patients.

A British study from 2015, suggest that there is a link between working more than 48 hours a week and more risky alcohol consumption. Extensive alcohol use is a well known contributor to health issues.

5 thoughts on “Health and working hours”

  1. A 32 hour work week would improve health and productivity at work.

    Up to six weeks of Federally mandated paid vacations would also be beneficial to health and work productivity, IMO.


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