Nowadays, pretty much any job involves a degree of overtime. However, sometimes getting the right balance on working overtime can be a lot more challenging than we may initially think.
Whilst overtime is certainly not always a bad thing, if it is not kept in its place, it has the potential to have a significant negative impact on our lives. Let’s take a look at how to know whether overtime is having a good or bad influence on your life.
When Overtime Is A Positive Thing In Your Life
If your job requires working overtime every now and then, perhaps to finish a project or meet a deadline, it may prove to be a positive thing.
Feeling under pressure at work, or experiencing the stress of not having enough work hours in a day to complete a particular task can have a negative impact on thoughts and feelings. Opting to work overtime can alleviate the stress, allowing you the necessary time to get caught up.
Such cases of working overtime can also add to your job satisfaction. They can give you additional time to ensure that you have completed your tasks to the best level possible.
When Working Overtime Is A Negative Thing In Your Life
In the above examples, we were very much referring to occasional overtime. Extra hours spent at work to cover a particular situation or specific set of circumstances. Once the deadline or task has been successfully completed, your work hours go back to normal.
Habitual overtime on the other hand, is a completely different kettle of fish. It can lead to overtime feeling part and parcel of your normal work hours.
For most people habitual overtime can have a negative impact on their lives. It can eat into time which would have been spent with family and friends. It can also lead to extreme fatigue, a high level of stress and in some cases a breakdown.
Understanding the correct balance on working overtime is very much a personal thing. For some people working overtime once a month is already too much, for others working overtime once or twice a week is a manageable situation.
Remember, if the overtime you work does not allow you to spend time with family and friends, contributes to a stressed state and is doing nothing for your job satisfaction, you may need to take a rain check on whether you really have the right balance on working overtime.