The study suggests female employees who slog after office hours on weekdays are more prone to having ‘depressive symptoms’

Well, not everyone enjoys slogging for long hours at the office every day but a recent study has pointed out how working long hours can impact men and women differently. The study suggests female employees who slog after office hours on weekdays are more prone to having ‘depressive symptoms’.

The study indicated how not maintaining a good work-life balance can wreak havoc on your mental health. As per the findings, women who work for 55 hours or more every week and those who work on almost every weekend are more prone to developing depressive symptoms in comparison to those who work part time or full time but for fewer hours.

The researchers from the University College London studied around 11,215 men and 12,188 women and designed a special questionnaire to study their psychological distress. This study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

The researchers defined 35-40 hours as ‘standard’ working week and found that male participants tended to work for longer hours than females. About two-third of the men and half of the women participants worked on weekends and it had an impact on both the genders. However, men with ‘poor psycho-social working conditions’ (like being unhappy with salary) were more prone to being depressed than others.

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