Work-life balance

Longer hours at work is associated with poorer health (physiological and psychological)[2][8]. Poor work-life balance can directly negatively impact an individual’s mental health and it can also hinder the prevention and management of mental illness[1]. Research has found a significantly higher prevalence of anxiety and depression in employees who work more than 49 hours per week[3]. High levels of job demands is linked to psychological ill health (anxiety, depression)[4]. Extensive work hours and extremely demanding jobs are associated with health risks such as: smoking, alcohol consumption and weight gain[8]. Poor Work-life balance often leads to work-family conflict[5][6]. Better work-life balance can contribute to better sleep[7].

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      • [1] Work-Life Balance - Workplace Mental Health Promotion. View
      • [2] Sparks, K., Cooper, C., Fried, Y. and A. Shirom (1997): “The effects of hours of work on health: A meta-analytic review”, in Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 70, pp. 391-408.
      • [3] E. Kleppa, B. Sanne, & G. Tell, “Working Overtime is Associated with Anxiety and Depression: The Hordaland Health Study.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 50 (2008): 658. View
      • [4] Sutherland, V. & Cooper, C. (1990). UnderstandingStress. London: Chapman and Hall
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      • [7] A workplace intervention improves sleep: Results from the randomized controlled Work, Family, and Health Study. Olson R., Crain T.L., Bodner T.E., King R., Hammer L.B., Klein L.C., Erickson L., (...), Buxton O.M. (2015) Sleep Health, 1 (1) , pp. 55-65. View
      • [8] Lowe, G.S. (2005). Control over time and work-life balance: An empirical analysis. Report prepared for the Federal Labor Standards Review Committee, Canada: The Graham Lowe Group. View
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