I knew it! Who says a little hard work never killed anyone?
A new study has found that working long hours kills about 745,000 people a year — marking a 29% increase from 16 years ago. Researchers with the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization say that’s how many people die of strokes and ischemic heart disease — and those issues are usually caused by workplace stress.
Specifically, the researchers found 398,000 people died from stroke and 347,000 died from heart disease in 2016 — because they were working 55 hours a week or more. “Most of the deaths recorded were among people dying aged 60-79 years, who had worked for 55 hours or more per week between the ages of 45 and 74 years,” according to the study’s results. “With working long hours now known to be responsible for about one-third of the total estimated work-related burden of disease, it is established as the risk factor with the largest occupational disease burden.”
Now you have documentation to show your boss. You’re welcome!