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The Harmful Effects of Working Overtime

In today’s highly competitive job market, you can feel pressure to perform above expectations in order to keep your job. Some employers will see your desperation to keep your job or earn more money and try to take advantage of you. While the law works to ensure hard-working individuals always receive pay for their overtime work, fair and equal pay is not always the case. Not only is unpaid overtime illegal, but it is also dangerous for your health and well-being. Here are some of the harmful effects of working overtime.

1. The Time of Day Effect

Your body contains an internal clock known as its circadian rhythm. Working overtime can disrupt this rhythm and lead to health risks in the long term, including an increased rate of heart attack. The amount of time you have off should be greater than or equal to the amount you are working in order to help you maintain your body’s internal rhythm. The effects of overtime work can be especially harmful when you work late into the night. Pushing yourself to work hours that are extremely late or early – particularly between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. – can cause serious harm to your health.

2. Safety Risks

Trying to power through fatigue can be dangerous to you and those around you, especially if your job involves operating heavy machinery. Even if your job does not involve dangerous equipment, fatigue due to overworking can put you at risk during your commute. No matter what kind of work you do, working excessive overtime can increase safety risks in and around the workplace.

3. Lower Productivity

Working overtime can actually decrease your productivity and make you a less efficient employee. Fatigue can prevent you from performing your best either physically or mentally no matter how hard you try. Additionally, the sacrifices you make regarding your family and personal well-being will inevitably distract you from the job. When you feel pressured to work overtime, you will not perform as well.

Contact a Wisconsin Overtime Lawyer

Your health and job performance should not suffer because someone else is forcing you to work past your limits. If your employer forced you to work overtime without proper compensation for your time, then you need an experienced Wisconsin overtime lawyer to fight for your rights. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers take overtime work violations seriously. Please don’t hesitate to contact our offices at (414) 271-0900 to discuss the details of your case.