Updated: Jul 6
People think working overtime is working hard. One has to sacrifice their personal time to stay at work and help the organization, and then he/she can be labeled as a ‘hard-working employee’ or a ‘dedicated employee’.
As an individual, there’s a fine line between hard work and overwork. In this world, there is a lot of pressure to be a hard worker, where an adult gets a limited amount of paid time off, and a student, at the end of the semester, struggles with the work of assignments and exams.
People in the leadership demand hard work from the people under them and forget about an individual’s physical and mental health. People who work late, resent their jobs and it affects their performance, as well as other aspects of their life. Nowadays, one of the greatest challenges in maintaining employee wellness is the prevalence of overwork.
Hard Work Vs Overwork
Hard Work is knowing that pacing yourself is the key to success. Regular breaks and good sleep help an individual remember better, improves concentration, and make that individual-focused. Hard Work is knowing one self’s capacity and when to say “This is my limit, I can’t take more work”. Saying ‘No’ assertively when your boss is giving you more than you can do is very important.
Overwork, on the other hand, is trying to do too many things at once and not giving the body enough time to rest and relax. In this, an individual tries to do far too many things that don’t turn out the way they expect. Instead, if that person would have put in all their efforts to do one thing, the results would be amazing.
Overwork means one is exceeding their capacity, pushing oneself beyond their means, and leaving little to no time for recovery or rest. This kind of behavior often leads to burnout and other issues.
But we live in a society where the culture supports the ‘hard working’ people, who are loved to spend more time in the office than at home. In reality, overwork has been linked to diminishing productivity.
Overworking Can Be A Silent Killer
An individual not only face one, but many stressors in their life. Along with the high expectations of an individual’s superior to overwork and complete all the deadlines. But overworking can slowly impact an individual’s mental and physical health.
Here are a few signs and symptoms which can be seen in an individual who overworks.
Physical & Emotional Exhaustion: Feeling tired or exhausted can be quite normal after a long day of working for more hours in the office than usual. However, when an individual shows physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, it can be a serious concern. Overworked individuals might seem disconnected from others around them. The state has continuous muscle pain, headaches, or shortness of breath.
Absentmindedness & Distracted: One of the most common symptoms overworking people go through is forgetfulness, as extreme fatigue does lead to forgetfulness and other cognitive deficiencies. So, people working more than their capacity make a lot of mistakes or accidents at work. As a result, too many mistakes diminishes productivity.
Detachment & Lack of Commitment: People experience overwork in a form of disconnection from their work or others around them. Stress is a known factor to make a person proactive, but also can make the person disconnect from others around them, with whom they usually seek comfort. This can also lead to delays in work and a decline in work performance.
Lack of Productivity & Poor Performance: Chronic stress which is caused by overworking prevents people to stay productive as they were. People who overwork have shared their experience of the decrease in their productivity and poor performance at the workplace. Research has shown that “employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour-work-week, and falls off a cliff after 55 hours — so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing more with those extra 15 hours.” Here’s the evidence that the late extra nights given in the workplace don’t necessarily boost output, but diminishes productivity.
Increased Illness: When an individual is overworked, their body is depleted, and their immune system is weakened, that individual falls prey to infections, colds, flu, and other immune-related medical issues. The horrifying fact is that overwork is linked to various major negative health outcomes like stroke risk, depression, etc.
How BluetoYellow can help people who are overworking, instead of hardworking?
Overwork can be defined as a habit of staying late in the office, routinely working on weekends, and constantly being connected to one’s work responsibilities, indicating a lack of personal time for oneself. Society makes us believe that working hard is the quality that makes you liked by others. However, in reality, overwork, instead of working hard is linked to declining productivity and making that individual prone to serious health issues.
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