ARE YOU “BINGE” WORKING? THE QUESTION IS DEADLY SERIOUS.
by Bob Sullivan / January 23, 2014
A toxic combination of digital leashes, the hypnotic effects of technology, economic anxiety, and caffeine is encouraging workers to push far beyond normal limits in the name of hard work.
It’s a costly trend. Consequences range from poor work and long unscheduled absences, to workers paying with their health, and in rare cases, their lives.
Ken Matos researches workplace trends at the Families and Work Institute, a non-profit. He points out that a few binge working deaths certainly don’t make a trend, but he cautions that they are “a canary in a coal mine.” More widespread consequences, he said, will be reduced life spans and other health impacts for workers who no longer take breaks, even on nights and weekends.
“While dropping over dead at one’s desk is likely to be a rare event, experiencing negative health consequences and reduced lifespans, as a result of decades intense work lives with little opportunity for regular recovery, is a more likely possibility,” Matos said.
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