It's a fact that regularly staying late or checking work emails in the evenings/weekends is bad for your health. It's not a shock, so why do we still do it? Do we worry we won't be seen as committed? Does the company expect it?
A recent study in Hong Kong has confirmed that the longer the working hours, the poorer the person's mental health. That means more sick leave (employer's read: more sick pay); lower productivity and a high desire to find new employment.
Getting the balance right needs action from employees, to understand the importance of a life outside of work, and for companies to realise that pushing an 'always working' mentality is truly bad for their business.
One study which investigated the mental health of Hongkongers over the past seven years, confirmed that the longer the working hours, the poorer a person’s mental health. In turn, poor mental health triggers physical conditions and harms work efficiency and even family life. When employees’ health deteriorates, the employer must pay for expenses such as sick leave and medical claims. If employers only focus on short-term gains, not only will this affect employees’ health and relationships, it will also increase their desire to leave, and employers will have to bear the consequences.