Who doesn’t want to reach the peak of success in her career. We continue to run on the path of improvement, money and honor. Many of us are working endlessly day and night with our necks and mouths covered with this mantra. We do not even have enough time to eat and sleep. Entertainment is considered long gone. Our body is very adaptive and flexible but that doesn’t mean we have to keep up the pressure. The more we increase the pressure, the more likely it is that the system will fall.
Doing more than necessary is not needed to prove ourselves. In fact, not getting enough rest and spending for time in office may decrease your productivity. For those who spend more than eight hours a day working in the office, whether for their own needs or to increase the profits of the owners, there is a great danger in the future.
According to a study, working more than 8 hours a day may shorten our lifespan. According to the labor law, the recognized working hours of employees in government and private jobs are now 8 hours. Unfortunately, it turns into 10-12 hours on working days depending on different institutions.
The Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS) claims that although Bangladesh’s labor law stipulates eight hours a day, at least 60 percent of workers are made to work longer hours. Even in developed countries like United States, overtime and extended work shifts are much higher.
Overtime is more than 40 hours of work per week and extended work shift means more than 8 hours of work per day. However, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand are at the top of the annual working hour list.
Studies conducted in the United States, Europe and Australia over the past 10 years have shown that those who work more than 40 hours a week in the office are 35 percent more likely to have a stroke and five times more likely than other people, according to Columbia University. Not only that, but the cardiac problems also increased by 15 percent. We won’t even realize when diabetes has taken its place in the body.
Forgetting to eat and sleep for the sake of money and improvement, this silent killer has made a home in his body as a result of working in the office for hours. A study by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) found that working long hours in one place, lack of physical activity and an irregular lifestyle can lead to type 2 diabetes.
A team of researchers in London has shown that just working more than 55 hours a week can upset the balance of sugar in the body. And if you have diabetes, other diseases do not want to be cured easily. In addition, diabetes can lead to problems such as fatigue, insomnia, and inattention.
A study conducted by Columbia University found that those who spend more time in the office are almost twice as likely to die at a young age and that the body slowly decays like smoking. Excessive work stress, anxiety about work directly or indirectly carries the body to the mortuary.
Excessive work stress is increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease in the body as well as causing various mental problems. In addition to anxiety, the risk of depression also increases.
Japan is a developed country where the workload is much higher. Researchers in that country have found that overwork increases the risk of heart disease, leading to premature death. The Japanese call it ‘karpshi’ which means death due to overwork. Their study also reveal that overwork causes anxiety, boredom, restlessness and exhaustion in humans.
In about 22 studies conducted in different countries, it has been found that overwork increases health risks, various accidents and even mortality many times over. Studies have shown that their levels of smoking and alcohol use are increasing, hampering their psychological functioning.
More work, more fruit, is that the case? Swedish research is different. A study of retired nurses funded by the Swedish government found that in addition to the amount of work, the quality of work had increased, as well as increased sick leave and stress.
A researcher in the United States has shown that it is possible to produce the most by working 4 hours a day. The question was why work 8 hours? If you want to live a few more days on this earth in a healthy way, to have more leisure, to make life more enjoyable, then that is what you should do.
We, along with working people all over the world, have extended our hand to join May Day. On May 1, 18th century, at the Haymarket Square in Chicago, USA, known as the world’s slaughterhouse, gunfire erupted in response to a peaceful protest by workers demanding eight hours of work. Sweat-soaked workers’ clothes turned red with blood on their wounded bodies. The Haymarket affair was the result of a bombing at a trade rally in Haymarket Square in Chicago on May 4, 1886. It started as a nonviolent protest in favor of workers striking for an eight-hour work day, the day after a police officer was killed and several others were wounded.
In exchange for their lives, the working class wrote a new and far-reaching chapter in the history of America in the blood of the gray soil.
In 1890, it was decided that May 1st would be celebrated worldwide as May Day. Since then, May Day has been celebrated internationally by workers as the great May Day. The authority of the working class is well established in the state system in one-third of the world. May Day brings a sense of celebration to the working people there.
But working people in the rest of the world still observe this day as a day of promise, demanding 8 hours of work. Those of us who are working day and night to make money and meet unnecessary needs or to please the office boss, let’s promise not to work more than 8 hours a day on this day. I promise to live a healthy life, to enjoy my time here on Earth.
Written by Dr. Waliul Hasnat Sajib