3 Drawbacks of Long Work Days

Headlines | Aug. 12, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

Working 10-hour days can become physically and mentally tiring. In a standard eight-hour day, employees often get physically tired from activity or mentally drained from focusing on deadlines. While there are many perks to being able to work longer days, employees should be aware of some of the drawbacks that exist when adhering to such a schedule. Here are three drawbacks: 

 

* Fatigue: Employees who work longer workdays have a tendency to really feel exhausted by the last day of the their four-day workweek. Working long hours all week can be stressful after some time on this schedule. The day off then becomes a day of resting and recouperating from a hard week of cramming everything into only four workdays.

* Shorter Time in Evenings with Family: When workdays are longer, the remaining time at the end of the evening means less time with family during the evenings. By the time the employee picks up the kids from after-school care and fights traffic, much of the daylight is over and it is time to get ready for the next day.

* Childcare Concerns. Many nurseries, preschools, after-school programs and daycare facilities operate only on a traditional five day work schedule. Holidays, religious observances and regular days off from school are often coordinated with the local public schools. For the four-day workweek employee, there may be issues with getting off too late, after the child care programs would have already closed. This can sure add to your stress levels.

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