Study: Working Overtime Could Harm Your Well-Being

Sep 2, 2013

A Kansas State University researcher says working overtime may cost people their health.

Sarah Asebedo and her colleagues found a preliminary link between being a workaholic and reduced physical and mental well-being.

They defined "Workaholics" as people working more than 50 hours per week. Researchers found these people more likely to have reduced physical well-being, measured by skipped meals.

They also found that being a workaholic was associated with reduced mental well-being as measured by self-reported depression.

Asebedo says the link between being a workaholic and personal well-being has been assumed for years.

But the doctoral student in personal financial planning and conflict resolution says there was a lack of research supporting the link until now.

The study will appear in Financial Services Review, a journal of individual financial management.