This is a lesson that perhaps every one of us has to keep in mind. If we want to live longer and be more efficient at work, then we should not force ourselves to work if we feel sick. The more you try to work when your body is feeling weak, the more you will be going to get sick and the longer it will take for you to recover.
Danish researchers from the Herning Hospital of Denmark recently found that employees who reported to work even though they were sick were more likely to take a sick leave longer than they should. In the group’s study of nearly 12,000 men, those who were likely to continue working despite being ill are men who stay away from home life, had senior jobs or heavy workloads. The research found that these people were also the ones who were likely to take a longer term sick leave of two weeks and who actually need a two months break from work.
During the study, the male respondents were asked the frequency of their reporting to work while feeling sick in the previous year. The volunteers were then further monitored for the next 18 months taking into account their absences due to sickness.
With their findings, the Danish researchers pointed out the ill effects of being a workaholic. They warned that if workers don’t take time off from their jobs, they could more likely end up with health problems going forward. But if they file for short sick leaves to give their bodies the chance to recover from any illness they may be experiencing, then they will surely cope with the stress that their demanding jobs bring and recharge themselves while on a short break.
Many of us are guilty of this. Sometimes, we’re so engrossed with work that we forget to take care of our health. We are so focused on earning money that we forget to give time for ourselves to relax and unwind. It’s all right to be working hard for the money but when it comes to our health, prevention is always better than cure.