Why Overtime Is Bad for Your Health—and How to Avoid It

Sacha Strebe

How often do you stay late at work? Do you come in early most days to avoid it but always end up leaving later than clock-off time anyway? Well we're here to tell you there will never be enough hours in the day, there will always be more work to do, and the more you work overtime, the unhealthier you will become, both mentally and physically. Regularly working 10- or 11-hour days actually increases the risk of heart disease by 60%. But despite these alarming figures, a recent report found that the average "40-hour week" is actually longer by seven hours, which means we are working an entire extra day every week. In the same study, nearly four in 10 Americans say they work at least 50 hours. Joe Staples of Workfront told Forbes that salaried workers are hit the hardest, with "25% logging 60 hours per week, which equals working 12-hour days from Monday to Friday." This has to stop. If Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg can leave the office on time, then so can you. Scroll down to discover a few tips to avoid overtime. 

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