Hours Worked, Respondents

Hours Worked, Respondents

Americans working at least 50 hours per week are feeling burnt out

Americans working at least 50 hours per week are feeling burnt out via @YahooFinance

16.9.2019

Americans working at least 50 hours per week are feeling burnt out via YahooFinance

Their health is suffering and they’re missing out on time with loved ones. In a cruel twist, the extra time at work isn’t alleviating their financial insecurities, according to a new study from Sleep Junkie provided exclusively to Yahoo Finance.

The survey looked at 1,036 respondents who consistently worked 40 hours or more a week, far higher than the national average of 34.4 hours worked per week, according to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Seven in 10 of those working 50+ hour weeks supported dependents, and 92% said they worked long hours to do so, the survey found. Almost 4 in 5 said those hours cut into quality time with their children.

Work and healthBurning the midnight oil often causes physical and emotional exhaustion, too, the survey found. Four out of 5 of those who worked at least 50 hours a week said the pace was unsustainable.

But half of respondents in the Sleep Junkie survey who worked 50+ hours per week were unaware of the link between long work hours and the adverse effects on health and well-being.

Three in 5 respondents working 50+ hours resorted to multiple jobs to earn the income they needed or wanted. Two-thirds of all respondents said working long hours was a necessity.

Stephanie is a writer for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @SJAsymkos.

Read more: Yahoo News

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