Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Excess overtime can be bad for the heart!

A study conducted in Britain and published in the European Heart Journal shows that people who work heavy overtime consistently, more than 10 hours a day, may be much more likely to have heart disease and shortened lifespans. There is a typical report in Virgin music here.

In information technology jobs there is a problem with a culture of expecting heavy overtime to meet deadlines from salaried employees; contractors who bill hourly may have more leverage. There has also been a problem in that salaried people provide on-call production support (for those batch nighttime S0C7’s!) on their own dime.

BBC News has a similar account here.

The Journal cannot be browsed even for abstracts without an account.

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