Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.
Overtime may seem beneficial to productivity in the workplace but excess amounts of hours are actually harmful. On paper, overtime looks good for the company’s health as “extra productivity.” In reality, it is extra stress for you and will hamper you during the regular hours of work. While it is true that it is extra money, there are several downsides. These drawbacks include:
- More exposure to stress
- Reduces time for personal activities
- Increased risk of heart disease
One of the biggest downsides is that you’ll have less time for sleep. Not having enough rest and/or sleep reduces productivity in the workplace, so you’re actually losing productive hours rather than gaining them. What kind of motivation will you have when you have black circles under your eyes? The motivation to take a nap, perhaps? Working for an extra buck isn’t worth it if it means risking your regular hours. Remember, your performance also affects the performance of your co-workers.
Working overtime should be avoided as much as possible. Once in a while is not so bad and only doing it when needed is better. As much as employees should avoid taking extra hours, employers must also avoid giving them. It is true that situations will arise where someone has to take up the extra load, but the person that picks it up will likely under-perform or struggle the following day. Create precautions instead so that there won’t have to be a sacrifice and productivity in the workplace remains sound.
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