W.H.O. Study Shows Long Working Hours are Killing 745,000 People a Year

  • If you've been working 55 or more hours per week, please use some of your vacation days!
  • The World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization found that working long hours led to 745,000 deaths from stroke and heart disease in 2016 - that's a 29% increase since 2000!
  • The study, just published Monday by Environmental International suggested that people who worked 55 or more hours per week have a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who work between 35-40 hours per week.
  • The study also found that men, middle-aged and older workers, and those living in Western Pacific and South-East Asia were most likely to suffer from work-related diseases.
  • With 488 million people working 55 hours or more per week in 2016, the WHO's Director-General is worried about the numbers in 2020 due to the pandemic. He said "The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the way many people work. Teleworking has become the norm in many industries, often blurring the boundaries between home and work. In addition, many businesses have been forced to scale back or shut down operations to save money, and people who are still on the payroll end up working longer hours."
  • WHO's Director-General stressed that "No job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease. Governments, employers, and workers need to work together to agree on limits to protect the health of workers.”

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