Want Healthier Employees? It Might be Time to Reevaluate Your Work Day


Many employers take strides to make their workforce healthier, from offering on-site flu shots to hosting health fairs to encouraging employees to be more active.

While we definitely encourage employers to make these steps and improve their workplace wellness programs, there’s another aspect that should be considered: the length of the work day.

Many people work a standard 40-hour work week, although according to a recent Gallup poll, this usually amounts to 47 hours per week. Others work extended workdays, in shifts ranging from 8-12 hours.

Here’s what you should know about working hours and employee health.

The Workday & Employee Wellness


Longer workdays lead to higher stress, which has both mental and physical repercussions. These include:

  • Increased risk of depression
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of productivity

All of these can make employees less likely to participate in workplace wellness programs, and can make them less engaged at work, further causing health issues.

Sedentary Work

As we’ve written about before, a sedentary lifestyle is very bad for your employees’ health. Longer workdays often translate into more time spent at the desk and less time to work out.

This can cause weight gain, increased heart disease and diabetes risk, and the onset of metabolic syndrome. Your workplace wellness program can target these health risks and provide options for staying active.

Unhealthy Habits

When employees spend an excessive amount of time working or at the office, you can develop unhealthy habits. These can include:

  • Snacking on junk food and other poor nutrition choices
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Bad posture
  • Bad sleep habits

All of these behaviors can lead to other health problems and impact your workplace wellness.

Workplace Wellness Assistance

Test Smartly Labs nationwide can help provide workplace wellness assistance. This includes designing and implementing workplace wellness programs and components such as biometric screenings, health risk assessments, and more.

To learn more information, contact your nearest Test Smartly Labs today!


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