All Work and No Play Can be Detrimental for Woman
In American, long work days and overtime are the norm, but this amount of work creates a lot of stress that is not good for your body’s health.
New information from a study conducted at Ohio State University has revealed that working over 40 hours a week can be extremely detrimental to woman.
The study was conducted over a period of 32 years, and it took conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, lung disease, high blood pressure, and depression into account.
After reviewing the results of the study, it was found that working for more than 40 hours a week resulted in a significant risk of arthritis and diabetes. Working more than 50 hours a week elevated the risk of heart disease and cancer.
It was suspected that excessive work was bad for your health, but when the numbers were broken down by gender, the results were astounding.
The effects of working a long workweek were catastrophic. In fact, the risk of the same four conditions was tripled in woman. In addition, woman who work long work hours were also more likely to suffer from asthma and hypertension.
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Why Does This Occur?
Woman also bear the brunt of the responsibility when it comes to making dinner for their family, cleaning up the home, and getting the children fed, bathed, and ready for bed.
This means that after a long day at the office, the job of a woman does not end.
There is no relaxation period when you get home; in fact, you may still be busy for several hours.
Working long hours can make a woman feel more stress because you know that you still have a lot to do when you get home. The work still needs to be done at home as well, so the result is that you get less sleep and health consequences sadly follow.
The effects may not be noticed if extra work is an occasional occurrence, but over time, the stress and strain of effectively working a second shift will be noticed.
Not all jobs are created equal.
It is a known fact that woman do not experience the same experience as men in the workplace, which means that they can have additional stress on the job.
Women often face being placed in jobs that do not allow you to move up in the company, get an increase in pay, or stimulate you mentally. Studies have shown that this added stress can impair your health as well.
Fortunately, the work place now is becoming more female friendly, but it is still not where it should be.
How Can This Be Addressed?
From an employer’s prospective, women need to be treated equally.
Companies can implement social policies that help; this can be a childcare program at the workplace or flexibility to accommodate sick children with more paid sick days.
It can also include the ability to work from home on occasion.
As a woman, you can also have your significant other help you with the responsibilities that you have at home because this will help you feel a lot less stressed when you get home.
Companies in the United States make it difficult to balance your social life, family life, and work life.
There are not policies in place to decrease the struggle that many parents face, which makes it more stressful and difficult to undertake, especially if you are a single mother. As a nation, we need to work less hours without sacrificing our pay; it can only benefit our health.