‘Always on-job’ work culture is harming Indians, finds study
“You could mail the inputs right away, I’ll add it to the main copy,” “It’s fine, I’ll write the story on my way to work,” “We can have the conference meet this week-end,” these could be some of the very commonly said statements by you or heard by you very often. But a recent study, based on Indians in particular has stated that this always on-job work culture is bothering the mental health of Indians.
A study published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, recently revealed that blurring limits of extended work is putting immense stress on Indians. The study, further said that women seem to be more affected than men.
What does constant working do to your body?
When you keep working, you aren’t giving your brain its rest. This rest is important for you to reach your fullest potential as well as restoring creativity. This constant work will eventually get to your mind, quite literally!
‘Burnout’ has become a household term today. But for the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized this as a mental health condition. WHO describes this as, “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
Blurring lines of Work-Life Balance: Stress is the culprit?
Extending work hours can lead to a lot of issues in people. Erratic work schedules, improper posture, constant radiation from phones or laptops and simultaneous working of the mind can have a bearing effect on employees’ mind as well as productivity.
Workplace stress is a universal issue, but a survey titled ‘2019 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey’ revealed that this workplace stress can have a bad impact on your mental health. Stress and exhaustion can lead to depression, anxiety, insomnia, anorexia as well as disturb your inner peace.
Here’s what you can do to save yourself
- Maintain strict working hours: There’s a reason why they have fixed working hours! A nine-to-five job has to be treated like one.
- Take small but constant breaks: Even when you are working, make sure to take small breaks. This could involve you talking to people about things that aren’t related to work.
- Meditate: This is your best bet to a fruitful life!
- Exercise: Any form of exercise you do is going to help in the long run.
- Invest in me-time: This is VERY IMPORTANT. This time is yours, and must be utilized effectively.
- Develop a hobby: This is to re-kindle your creativity. Practice your hobby regularly.
- Get into a habit of reading: Reading newspapers or magazines or even a novel could help you to get the lost grip in life.
- Engage in face-to-face conversations: Face-to-face conversations can help in really great ways. Whether it is about talking what happened at office or simply discussing a movie- it is important. Interpersonal relationships will help you to bond better and help in self-growth.
- Draw a line between work and personal life: We can’t stress enough on this point! When you get out of office, leave the stresses of work, there. Don’t carry it home. Likewise, when you enter office, make sure all you think about is just work.
- Allot some quality to yourself and your family: Weekends or holidays are for rejuvenation. Spend time with ‘your’ people. It will help you to reconnect with your inner-self!