Long hours, weekends and mental health

This 2018 episode of the Life’s Work podcast has an interesting brief conversation about the impact of working long hours and weekends on mental health?

UCL researcher and consultant in wellbeing at work Gill Weston discusses her research looking at the links between working long hours and weekend work and signs of depression in both men and women. Key findings from the research:

  • Women who worked 55 hours a week or longer showed more signs of depression than those who worked a standard 35-40 hour week;
  • Women who worked weekends showed more signs of depression than those who didn’t;
  • Men who worked weekends in poor quality jobs with little control or job satisfaction also showed high numbers of depressive symptoms compared with their peers who worked weekends but were in good quality jobs

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