Given the current economic climate, it is perhaps now more than ever that millions of employees throughout Britain are both in need of, and grateful for, overtime at work.
Whilst everyone appreciates a little extra in their pay cheque, this financial boost ought to be tempered by the sobering thought that working too much, too hard, also greatly increases the risk of accidents at work.
Is physical injury worse?
For some people, the answer to what’s worse, a loss of income or a physical injury, would most definitely be the injury. Although, most are relatively minor and can be healed simply and quickly.
However, the problem lies with serious work accidents and the severe subsequent injuries. These can be physically debilitating, life-altering and ultimately destroy your earning capacity altogether.
The question you need to ask yourself is this, is physical injury worth risking and withstanding in order to earn more money?
It is logical that most people would accept a week or so of feeling a little extra-tired or stressed in order to reap the benefits at the end of the month but overdoing it can have far-reaching consequences.
The effects of working too much overtime include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
– Loss of sleep: Working longer hours often disrupts your sleeping pattern. Whether it’s simply having to get up earlier and go to bed later or struggling to switch a whirring mind off.
– Weight gain: Extra work diminishes the opportunity for exercise while diet is one of the first things to go out the window when people are too focused on work.
– Stress-related illnesses: Depression and the like can be brought on by overworking a lot quicker and easier than you might otherwise think. Finding the right balance between work and life is essential.
– Workplace accidents: Tired minds make poor decisions and shortcuts are often sought when the pressure of deadlines loom. Rushing and seeking quick solutions greatly increases the risk of accidents and injuries at work.
Earning a decent wage is important, but is it worth sacrificing your physical health and mental well-being for? Of course not. After all, what’s the point in earning decent money if you have neither the time, inclination or ability, to enjoy it?
Accident Advice Helpline can support victims of work accidents and work-related illnesses should you wish to make a claim for work accident compensation. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown