No, I’m not. It is SO bad to not even thinking about the importance of having it. In the previous article, I have talked about work-life balance definition. By now, you must have already understood how important it is to have a balancing working life. Unfortunately, there are many companies who doesn’t even give any attention to this. A company who doesn’t care about work-life balance is bad for both their workers and working environment.
A bad working environment could bring many disadvantages to workers which would also affect their performance. This, in another turn, will lead to disadvantages to the company itself. Bad reputation and losing potential employees will affect the company overall business performance negatively.
If you caught up with the title (and forgive me if you feel trolled), please continue reading for a while J
It is not only the money but also people’s life at the stake.
Overworked can make you ‘break’
Many people are struggling to have a work-life balance since they focus too much on job accomplishment. They overlook their own health or sacrifice the time they should have made for their family. Some companies takes the advantage from these people to work them for the sake of the company itself.
What’s worse is, some people even going through an emotional upheaval as the result of working under immense pressure. It’s a pity that some companies just look for their employees as a ‘disposable productivity machine’. This statement is directed to not only the company itself but also the bosses that don’t see their employees as ‘human’.
Working for a big company might have its own benefit. But on the other hand, many people also overworked while trying to climb up the corporate ladder. Though I admire the dedication, we all need to remember that overworked is not good for our health.
At some point, it can even lead to death. I’m not exaggerating here. Just look at some of these real stories from people who lost their life because of overworked in several countries.
Japan is known for its high work ethics. Unfortunately, it’s also causing many deaths of its workers from working too hard. There’s even a term made to call the state of someone who died from overworked, which is Karoshi. In one case, a top Toyota Engineer died of heart attack in 2006 because of working too many hours. The man’s identity is being withheld by his family’s request. But it’s clear that since two months before his death, the man had overtime more than the average 80 hours per month.
2. United Kingdom
In 2013, a young Bank of America intern in London, Moritz Erhardt was found unconscious in the shower of student residential where he lived. His body was discovered by his flat mate before the paramedics came and confirmed him dead. The reason of his death was unclear, but his neighbors and colleagues suspected that he may suffer a heart attack after working throughout the night for three days in a row.
3. South Korea
In September 2013, a young contractor of Samsung Electronic customer service, Yim Hyeon-Woo died after working an average 60 hours per week since May 2013. The man died of brain hemorrhage. Throughout May and June, Yim only took a day off on the weekend and worked more than 80 hours in a week.
In 2013, a former Chinese immigrant, Bao Min Cheng died from heart failure after working a 13-hour shift at Hallmark’s chicken slaughterhouse factory. Every day, he worked 60 to 70 hours per week doing repetitive physical labor. His family filed a suit against the employer because they believe the employer has negligence over The Employment Standard Act, which prohibits employers from requiring or allowing their workers to work excessively overtime.
In April 2014, a Chinese banking regulator name Li Jian Hua confirmed dead due to sudden heart attack. His employer said that Li Jian Hua died while he was trying to finish a report before the sun came up. His department is known to regularly work until midnight or later and his death categorized as long-term overworked.
6. United States
Early this year, a Goldman Sachs analyst, Sarvshresht Gupta found in the parking lot next to his apartment and declared as dead. The cause of the death was officially determined to be suicide by jumping. But the reason he took the decision was pretty clear, a stressful working life. The essay his father written showed how Gupta was trying to deal with stress at work.
Attention to the Employees AND Employers
Attention! Attention! Don’t lose yourself in the sea of ‘overworked lifestyle’
After reading all the stories above, I think you’ll agree that a company which didn’t care about work-life balance is bad for both the workers and working environment. When you become a part of a big company, the work-life balance wouldn’t really be a balancing life. You will work so hard to impress your employer and chasing for career advancement. That will be your priority that you start to put aside all the other things, including your own health.
This is also true if you are a boss or an employer. You need to maintain and ensure that BOTH you and your workers have a good balancing in both working and life outside work. This will lead to a higher performance, and eventually benefited your business performance.
But like I said before, in order to achieve a work-life balance, you have to maintain both accomplishment and enjoyment. No matter how the company sees it, you deserve to have a work-life balance. Please read my previous article about the definition of work-life balance if you haven’t, as it will be a good guidance in obtaining your work-life balance.
I’ll try to cover up as many tips and tricks as possible about my experience and research in work-life balance and productivity enhancement in the future. Please look forward and be excited about other articles J
Any food for thought is welcomed.
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