Is Overtime Worth It?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Working overtime can result in major sacrifices for minor monetary rewards. Here are some things to consider before you commit yourself to extra hours at the office:

Physical Health

Working overtime often means you don't have as much time for basic health care. After a long day, the last thing you may want to do is work out, prepare a healthy meal or get enough sleep. Instead, it's often easier to grab fast food on the way home, eat in front of the television and go to sleep late because it takes longer to wind down from the workday.

Mental Health
Without time for yourself,you may feel frustrated, overworked, and unappreciated. Personal time is very important for your mental well-being,regardless of what industry you're in.

Working late can mean you don't have time to take care of your relationships with friends and family. Determine which is more important to you.

Identify why you work overtime. Is you department understaffed? Do you need assistance managing your time efficiently or delegating tasks to others?

Potential Burnout
While you may think working overtime shows a commitment to the company, your boss could be worried about the potential for burnout. Conversely, you may be establishing a pattern in which overtime will be expected of you - are you willing to make this long-term commitment?

source: women's journal by Sarah de Lima


Dhanamjaya January 8, 2009 at 6:11 AM  

Working at all anytime is just as bad as working overtime. It's best to enjoy what you do so that it is not work. In fact if you really enjoy doing something you will gain Physical Health, Mental Health, better Relationships, more Productivity, and energy, as I discuss on my most recent blog post.

grace January 8, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

this is so true. my husband is a regular overtime worker. our kid rarely ever wants to be with him because she is not used to having him around. it's almost like he is a stranger to her. he goes out early while she is still asleep and comes home late when she is already asleep

angelrhona January 8, 2009 at 6:59 PM  

I think working overtime is just like working abroad...The same effect especially to parent-child relationship.

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