Side effects of long working hours make Britons seek change!

A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that one in every 10 Britons would like to work fever hours looking at the rising health ailments of long working hours.

Updated: Nov 28, 2014, 18:05 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/R Nandini

London: A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that one in every 10 Britons would like to work fever hours looking at the rising health ailments of long working hours.

The survey showed that full-time employees clock up to an average of 36.3 hours per week.

In 1995, Britons put in an average of 38.2 hours per week.

The Guardian in a recent report revealed the severe side effects of neglecting health with long and tedious working hours. It clearly cited that people associated with longer work routines are at a greater risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Lack of proper sleep has a lot to do with obesity and premature mortality.

The French too have realised that long working hours is taking a toll on their well-being and are now debating whether to leave their 35-hour working week because even in practice only a few are sticking to it anyway, the report noted.

Working more than a 40-hour week has already been linked to stress, dissatisfaction and compromised health.

A new research on 8,350 Korean adults has found that long work hours increase one's risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) or narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

"We found that those working 61-70 hours a week had a 42 percent increased likelihood of developing coronary heart disease," said lead researcher Yun-Chul Hong from the department of preventive medicine at the Seoul National University in South Korea.

Hong and his team found that working hours were significantly related to the risk factors of coronary heart disease such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes and smoking habits.

Therefore, if one doesn't want to compromise on either work or health, one must bring harmony to life by cutting out the long drudgery of working hours to something short but productive in multiple ways!

(With Agency inputs)