/ 18 May 2021

Long work hours a killer

In the first global study of its kind, researchers found 745,000 people died from a stroke and heart disease associated with working long hours in 2016 – an increase of nearly 30% from 2000. The landmark World Health Organization study drew on data from 194 countries to conclude that people working 55 hours or more a week have a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of ischemic heart disease than those with a 35-40 hour working week. Officials said the surge in remote working last year may have increased those risks – and people living in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific region – which includes Australia – were the most affected. The report’s findings clearly apply to everyone except for the team at The Squiz where work is fun and the hours don’t count…

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