Overwork Is Taking a Huge Physical and Mental Toll on Workers

By Rainesford Staufford

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“Frankly, if overwork was a purely individual problem, people would choose to work less and the issue would resolve itself,” Molly Bashay, senior policy analyst on Education, Labor & Worker Justice at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), tells Teen Vogue via email. Instead, the experience of overwork has become even more common during the pandemic, which “points to an underlying systemic issue that doesn’t allow workers the luxury of choice.” As Bashay explains, overwork can manifest as physically working too many hours and the stress that comes with that, but there’s also a mental and emotional drain, where individuals are working long stretches without the ability to decompress.

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