The British Psychological Society has recently reported that a person's mental well-being may suffer if they work too much. New research, led by Sarah Asebedo – a doctoral researcher at Kansas State University – to be published in Financial Services Review, has established a preliminary connection between workaholics and reduced wellbeing, both from a physical and mental perspective.
Ms Asebedo explained workaholics are those who work more than 50 hours a week and these individuals were determined to have worse physical wellbeing as measured by skipped meals, adding: "We found that workaholism was associated with reduced mental wellbeing as measured by a self-reported depression score."
The study was based on a sample drawn from The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. This was a nationally representative sample of 12,686 young men and women. These individuals were interviewed annually between 1979 and 1994, with this continuing on a biennial basis to this day.
"I think that in most cases, but not all, workaholism is a terrible thing that ruins lives – not only the workaholics but their family. Expecting people to work long hours is wrong from ethical and health reasons; but is also incredibly stupid from a business making money perspective. Many employees are paid to think. When people are tired they don't think clearly or efficiently. Also, one of the factors linked to stress and employee attrition is a lack of control at work.
"Finally, workaholism often results in stress, sickness absence and even costly employment tribunals. On the other hand if you really love your work then workaholism is great. Nobody ever accused Leonardo, Mozart or Jeremy Clarkson of over working."