Overwork Leading to Stress and Burnout:
One Tuesday I woke up frustrated and exhausted from the previous day’s work. It was 6 PM and I had to be at work by 9 PM. I, along with millions of others from countries such as India, Pakistan, and Philippines have been sucked into the corporate jungle working ungodly hours at call centers in order to appease customers from across the world. I would term this as defying the law of the biological clock, however the timings are just a part of the stress caused from these corporate jobs. One can explain the growth in jobs as a result of the westernization of Asian countries. However, it is important to also look at how this has also impacted the culture of these countries leading to further stress. Tomoyuki Iwashita from Japan, the author of "Why I quit the company" in the book "75 Arguments," joined the corporate world after graduating from university describes his job and company as a big and well known trading company with about 6000 employees all over the world with a lot of competition to get into this and other similar companies, which promise young people a wealthy and successful future. He was set on course to be a Japanese “yuppie.” (Iwashita 402). Emmy Werner and Ruth Smith who are social scientists have exactly described this career phase as follows: "When young adults enter the job market, they tend to focus on the status, salary, and demands of the job. They are willing to work overtime, to take irregular shifts, or to travel if doing so means promotion or job security." (qtd. in Berger 565). That’s the same picture one sees when beginning a career. One would think of this section of the corporate world as fascinating which included more money than the regular paying jobs, working at ungodly hours, shuttle services, perks and other incentives. The real picture would include a lot of more things one would chose to ignore in the beginning. Stress, over-worked employees, frustration, in security, depression, alcoholism, rampant drug abuse, etc. Although working for certain big companies can be a good to start for an employee and provide stability, the negative effects on this type of work can outweigh its advantages. Imagine being a workaholic and ignoring life’s responsibilities. It might not ring a bell for many, but is a way of life for many current employees. Working for long hours with duration ranging from 8-15 or more hours a day is not uncommon these days. With the competition nowadays companies do not hesitate to over work their employees leading to reduced time spent doing other daily activities affecting a lot of things. Overwork causes job stress which could be devastating, putting workers at risk for physical illness, marital strain, depression, anxiety and sometimes leading to suicide. Working for longer hours mean improper schedules, longer hours on the computer, extra strain extra efforts all leading to deterioration of a person’s health. Physical illness can affect various areas of one’s life for example; relationships, work, spiritual beliefs and how one socializes with other and it also can make one feel sad, frightened, worried or angry. It can also make one lonely and isolated from family and friends. This is even more harmful when it’s not talked about. Some other symptoms such as tiredness, poor sleep and loss of appetite also occur. Anxiety can cause one to worry, fear the worst and pressurized which could further lead to problems with blood pressure and heart attacks. Working at ungodly hours, shorter breaks, a lot of work can cause sudden depression to a person’s life. A person working in the above said environment may have to get used to it. It may be exciting at first and challenging, but over a period of time overwork causes stress which takes a toll on the person’s mental and physical health. This may also cause bad influence on others around the individual, preferably one’s family. What happens when a father is not there for his child or a...
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