A study has found that being unable to switch off from work when at home is linked to heart disease. The study's authors pointed to the 'always-on' culture that is commonly found in professional services, and suggested that it was 'pernicious to health and is directly linkable to cardiovascular disease'.
There is some support available for overworked lawyers through companies such as LawCare, which is a charity that promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community by providing a free helpline and factsheets on common issues.
The study is a timely reminder of the importance of work-life balance - and that, as well as companies, employees themselves need to take responsibility for their own downtime needs. The whole workforce, from CEOs to support staff, need to be able to switch off and recharge.
Worrying about work at home or bringing the office home with you can be linked to heart disease, a study has claimed. A study published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal used wrist monitors to measure heart rates in workers – primarily in the financial services industry in the City of London. Researchers found ‘spikes’ in stress when people interrupt their time at home with work. Heart-rate variability was sampled between 8pm and 10pm over three workday evenings (Monday to Wednesday) while individuals carried out their normal evening routines.