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BBC iWonder - Are my long hours killing me? Is there such a thing as 'bore out'? Not walking at work could be 'as dangerous as smoking' Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders. A large national Norwegian study shows that workaholism frequently co-occurs with ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression.

Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders

Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have examined the associations between workaholism and psychiatric disorders among 16,426 working adults. "Workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics," says researcher and Clinical Psychologist Specialist Cecilie Schou Andreassen, at the Department of Psychosocial Science, at the University of Bergen (UiB), and visiting scholar at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Workaholics score higher on all clinical states The study showed that workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics. Among workaholics, the main findings were that: "Thus, taking work to the extreme may be a sign of deeper psychological or emotional issues. Affects identification of disorders Seven diagnostic criteria for workaholism.

Three-day working week 'optimal for over-40s' Image copyright AP Workers aged over 40 perform at their best if they work three days a week, according to economic researchers.

Three-day working week 'optimal for over-40s'

Their research analysed the work habits and brain test results of about 3,000 men and 3,500 women aged over 40 in Australia. Their calculations suggest a part-time job keeps the brain stimulated, while avoiding exhaustion and stress. The researchers said this needed to be taken into consideration as many countries raise their retirement age. Data for the study was drawn from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, which is conducted by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. It looks at people's economic and subjective well-being, family structures, and employment. Tens of thousands of people say there's only one thing worse than going to work every day. More than 80% of staff admit they hate working for their employers. Bad news employers – 81% of your staff hate working for you.

More than 80% of staff admit they hate working for their employers

Your Job Is Pointless. Photo by David Marsh.

Your Job Is Pointless

UK needs four-day week to combat stress, says top doctor. One of Britain's leading doctors has called for the country to switch to a four-day week to help combat high levels of work-related stress, let people spend more time with their families or exercising, and reduce unemployment.

UK needs four-day week to combat stress, says top doctor

Bringing the standard working week down from five to four days would also help address medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and the mental ill-health associated with overwork or lack of work, Prof John Ashton said. The president of the UK Faculty of Public Health said the five-day week should be phased out to end what he called "a maldistribution of work" that is damaging many people's health. "When you look at the way we lead our lives, the stress that people are under, the pressure on time and sickness absence, [work-related] mental health is clearly a major issue. "We've got a maldistribution of work.

"If you've got two people in a couple working, they need to be able to work in such a way that they can spend time together with their children. 10 Things You've Always Wanted to Know About the Future of Work (Albert Wenger) Excessive working hours are soaring and contributing to a rise in mental health problems - The Life Works Community Blog.

The number of people in the UK working excessive hours has risen by 15% since 2010 and it’s having a significant impact on our mental and physical health.

Excessive working hours are soaring and contributing to a rise in mental health problems - The Life Works Community Blog

As well as affecting our personal lives however, this is also causing a huge strain on the NHS and benefits system. The survey which was carried out by the National Trade Union Centre (TUC), found that more than 3.4 million Brits are working far more than they should. Furthermore, many of us who are working overtime, aren’t even getting paid for it and more than one million say they want their excessive working hours cut. The changing nature of work. Frances Coppola explores how increasing automation is fundamentally shifting the nature of work away from 'making stuff' towards personal services.

The changing nature of work

One of the most interesting issues to arise in the course of the "comment-athon" on my post "The Golden Calf" was the suggestion that the link between money and work is broken, and indeed that there is no longer a reliable link between "earning" and working. This is a logical consequence of two things: firstly, increased automation of production means the number of people needed to produce enough goods to meet people's basic needs is declining; secondly, an increasing number of people do considerable amounts of pro bono" work that is directly beneficial to society.

Of course, there has always been pro bono work. To Work Better, Work Less. Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed.

To Work Better, Work Less

Slums were razed and converted to bourgeois neighborhoods, and the formerly labyrinthine city became a place of order, full of wide boulevards (think Saint-Germain) and angular avenues (the Champs-Élysées). Poor Parisians tried to put up a fight but were eventually forced to flee, their homes knocked down with minimal notice and little or no recompense. The city underwent a full transformation—from working class and medieval to bourgeois and modern—in less than two decades' time. Every August, Paris now sees another rapid transformation.

Tourists rule the picturesque streets. Some might call it laziness, but what French people are really doing by vacationing for the entirety of August is avoiding the tipping point of overwork. The Case For A 21-Hour Work Week. By Michael J.

The Case For A 21-Hour Work Week

10 reasons for a shorter working week. July 29, 2014 // By: Anna Coote.

10 reasons for a shorter working week

Employees spending £1 in every £8 earned on going to work with costs adding up to nearly £2,000 a year. By Tara Evans Published: 11:28 GMT, 7 January 2013 | Updated: 11:28 GMT, 7 January 2013 The average employee spends one pound in every eight earned on costs relating to their job, adding up to £1,833 a year, research revealed today. Workers are collectively spending £66.9billion a year on work-related expenses such as travel, food, childcare and clothing, according to a study by Santander 123 World. Viewpoint: Why do people waste so much time at the office? - BBC News. The workplace is where people go to work. But much of the day is increasingly padded out with less productive activities, writes Peter Fleming. A few years ago a disturbing story appeared in the media that seemed to perfectly capture the contemporary experience of work and its ever increasing grip over our lives: "Man Dies at Office Desk - Nobody Notices for Five Days".

The case was unnerving for one reason mainly. People die all the time, but usually we notice. Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek) By David Cain / Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of traveling. Because I had been living quite a different lifestyle while I was away, this sudden transition to 9-to-5 existence has exposed something about it that I overlooked before.

Since the moment I was offered the job, I’ve been markedly more careless with my money. Not stupid, just a little quick to pull out my wallet. What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid? Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life.” What Santens wants to know is this: “If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?” The Abolition of Work. By Bob Black / No one should ever work. Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. The Fetishisation of Work Has To Stop. « REALFARE. The death of a young man and the following media coverage highlights fundamental problems with our society, Thomas Barlow writes.

Martin Hadfield’s death was the natural result of a society that fetishes ‘work’ above all else. As reported on the front page of the Metro on Wednesday, Martin Hadfield took his own life, demoralised by his inability to get work, at the age of 20. Image: Mirror. But Should You Choose A Passion Or A Paycheck? Most people -- 80% according to Deloitte’s Shift Index survey -- are dissatisfied with their jobs. Study: Most Americans unhappy at work. Only 30 percent of American employees feel engaged or inspired at their jobs and the vast majority of U.S. workers -- 70 percent -- are not reaching their full potential, a Gallup study concluded. The 2013 State of the American Workplace Report estimates that widespread disinterest and unhappiness in the office is not only affecting company performance, but is costing the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion a year. Through thousands of questionnaires sent to employees, Gallup determined whether America's 100 million full-time workers were "engaged," "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" at their jobs.

THE ABOLITION OF WORK. Robert Reich: America’s “flexible” economy is making workers’ lives hell. Workers of the world... Relax! Working Our Lives Away.