For some companies, employee overtime is a business staple that is essential for getting tasks done on time, or for handling unexpected projects that require more dedication than run-of-the-mill job duties. Say, for example, an employee doesn't show up to work, giving an employee paid overtime ensures customers aren't left hanging.
However, if employee overtime can be prevented in any way, it should be, as the detriments of running employees into the ground can be costly.
According to Business2Community, the costs go well beyond the immediate expenses of paying overtime. Burnout and slumping employee performance can actually be some of the worst side effects, with many reporting that working overtime or double shifts leaves them exhausted and often gives them anxiety about the task at hand.
In fact, experts say working more than 40 hours a week is the first step toward employee burnout, which creates a domino effect of worse performance and productivity. Anytime an employee can't put his or her entire focus into a job, it can lead to what's been called "presenteeism," or when a a worker is there, but not functioning at 100 percent.
A healthy workplace is a happy workplace, and a happy workplace means less employee turnover and higher productivity. The stresses many overtime workers feel can lead to ulcers and stomach issues, the media outlet stated, and some studies even suggest employees who work more than 7 hours a day for years at a time have a 60 percent higher chance of developing heart problems.
Of course, the financial setbacks of working overtime can affect a company's bottom line. The money that must be made up in sales to pay for overtime can also lead to a more stressful work environment, beginning a dangerous cycle.
The signs of overworked employees are everywhere. According to the Oregon Statesmen Journal, investigators are probing a car accident that occurred after a hospital employee worked a mandatory double shift, with officials questioning whether this contributed to the crash.