CBS Shares How Overworking Could Be Harming Your Health
American employees have a bad habit of overworking and forfeiting vacation days—a habit that leads to health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Kate Gibson says it’s more difficult than ever for employees to leave work at the office and take time away:
Having less down time is more serious than it sounds, with an estimated 120,000 U.S. deaths a year attributable to chronic overwork. In fact, today’s stressful workplace is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., where workplace-related health care costs rival the $174 billion spent each year on diabetes care.
Heart disease, diabetes and depression are among the ailments facing full-time workers in the U.S., half of whom typically work more than 40 hours a week and four in 10 working at least 50 hours a week.
Aiding the always-at-work mentality is technology that allows us to work anytime and from anyplace. Americans are working longer hours than their counterparts in most other developed countries, and more than half of U.S. workers didn’t take all of their vacation in 2015, leaving 658 million days unused.