Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Work long, Die sooner!

What drives people to work long hours?

Overload, Peer-pressure, understaffing or simply the need to prove a point!

Staying late has become fashionable. So much so that if any person actually leaves work when he/she is supposed to, they are looked down upon as under-achievers!

“Work while you work, Play while you play”, is an old saying – long forgotten. Now, that an entire generation of young Indians is following a western work-culture and aping certain mannerisms, the associated evils are bound to follow.

A recent news article in the Times of India clearly states “It’s official, long work hours can kill”. The article states the findings from researchers: Working more than 11 hours a day increases the risk of developing heart disease – by 67%.

India is event more vulnerable on the healthcare front. Half of India is young and falls prey to the "long hours in office = quick success" myth.
Now, let us combine long working hours with a sedentary lifestyle, fast-food at odd-times; and throw in hypertension, high cholesterol and smoking/drinking habits – what do we have?

The need to be more aware – and more active.

Spread the message. Work smarter. Play harder.