Here's the biggest killer of youth. It's not drink or drugs, it's working for long hours that's the real killer. A latest WHO study says that thousands of people are dying every year due to working long hours. This problem has further accentuated due to Work from Home, that has been adopted as the norm due to the Covid pandemic.
The study says that at least 7.45 lakh people died from stroke and heart diseases caused by long working hours in 2016. Study director Maria Neira says that increasing working hours is a real threat. She said that working for 55 hours or more per week is a health hazard.
Another interesting revelation is that an estimated 72 per cent of the victims were men and were in their middle ages. The study also showed that South East Asia and Southern Pacific, which include, east Asian countries, China, Australia and New Zealand as the most affected region. Scientists say that the trend of working for long hours has increased after the Covid pandemic.
The study suggested that the working hours should be capped and that this would increase the overall productivity of the employees. Standing up and stretching every now and then, taking up a little walk to fetch a cup of coffee or a glass of water, closing the eyes for some time and taking power nap would be helpful for the employees working for long hours, say experts.