9 Effects of Overtime

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Continuous back pain and eyesight issues are the most common effects of overtime. Are you also facing such issues? Well, it can be dangerous for you and your work life. Don’t you know how overtime affects you? Don’t worry; we are here to guide you about overtime and its consequences.

Primary consequences of overtime are widespread and can be foreseen. However, we have summed up some effects that appear with time. These adverse effects can ruin your work life and personal life very severely.


What is Overtime?

Final Thoughts

What is Overtime?

Working some extra time other than your regular hours is called overtime. Overtime work is sometimes paid and even unpaid.  

The effects of both paid and unpaid overtime are nearly the same. However, paid overtime can be encouraging if the time and required efforts are reasonable.

Overtime can lead to different health issues. Some crucial ones are stated below with the necessary elaboration.

Health Issues

It all starts with minor neck, back, and shoulder pain. Especially when you are getting older, and over 35 years of your life, these diseases will affect you more badly. With time, extra long hours can become a big trouble for you. The continuous workload can cause severe blood pressure and heart disease. 

Increase work Stress

A high workload leads to work stress and pressure. Its consequences could be very harmful to your work and personal life. You will get stressed when you get less or no time to relax, exercise, or sit with your family and friends. Stress levels will keep increasing when you are not involved in any activity that releases stress.

Lower Productivity Level

Nobody can perform well under a high workload. Overtime will create frustration, and later it will become a part of your personality. A frustrated and stressed mind will affect your productivity level. Hence, you can’t produce the best value out of your time. 

No Work-life Balance

A healthy work-life is impossible without a work-life balance. Long working hours will move your focus away from your personal life. 

Unfortunately, mismanagement in your personal life will directly or indirectly spoil your work life. That is where you will realize the importance of reasonable working hours. 

Increase Workplace Accidents

The fatigue and frustration created by long and unnecessary working hours are very dangerous. Any task performed under urgency can lead to workplace accidents. 

Can you work accurately under high pressure and stress? Obviously, no, But what if you rebound to do so? Well, you will do it inappropriately. That is where the trouble starts. 

Unfocused, stressful, and frustrating minds make mistakes that cause workplace injuries and accidents. If employees work around heavy machinery, then the loss from accidents can be beyond your imagination. 

Depression and Anxiety

Human nerves can handle pressure and workload up to a specific limit. Beyond that limit, the issues like depression and anxiety start arising. Continuous stress affects the productivity of workers. With time their motivation level also decreases, and a time arrives when the quality of their services becomes too low.

No Creativity

The same boring and burdened routine sucks out the creativity of employees. The stereotypes make their mind rusted. 

How can employees brainstorm when they are too busy with their daily tasks? It became a significant cause of the death of creativity in employees. It is also harmful to your organization because the absence of creativity will kick you out of the market competition.

Limit the Social Circle

People’s social life is as important as their personal and work life. But, long working hours limit their social circle. 

Some employees only socialize with their colleagues. They may feel left out when they seldom meet their friends. It generates frustration in them, and they will also pay less attention to their work responsibilities.

No Growth Opportunities

Growth opportunities come with learning and creativity. When you keep your employees engaged from early morning to midnight, they can’t focus on their career growth. So, there will be fewer or no chances for development and learning.

Final Thoughts

Work-life balance is the key to success. An Imbalanced situation will affect both your personal and work lives. Overtime is one of the major causes of that imbalance. It can lead to many health diseases and will leave you useless. 

So always focus on the quality of work rather than the quantity. Also, manage your time to obtain the best output in a minimum time. It will let you avoid overtime.

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