The Midwest City man Colton Coldiron is worn out. Even though Coldiron is only 30, he works 35 hours a week in the building and demolition industry. He’s always tired, burned out, and angry about his working conditions, even though he’s not working full-time.
He said, “I’m burned out.” “I don’t feel like I have a bigger purpose in life, and I think I’ll keep working these kinds of jobs until I retire.” It seems like I work to pay my bills and pay my bills to work. My soul knows I’m meant for so much more.
A lot of people, including Coldiron, get tired of their jobs. Along with a lot of health problems, the emotional stress can also be very bad for your health. A new study says that burnout is more common in Oklahoma than in most other states. This means that Coldiron is not the only place where people feel this way.
The study, which came out this month on the personal finance website Wealth of Geeks, looked at new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2022 to find out which states had people working the most hours each week and each year. Texas had the most hours worked, but Oklahoma was also in the top 10. Oklahoma came in eighth with 1,465,302 jobs that were worked for 2,552,381,000 hours. Each job had an average of 1,742 hours worked per year, or 33.50 hours worked per week.
It’s not just a matter of work-life balance when people are stressed and burned out at work. It can be bad for the health of workers and for companies’ bottom lines.
The World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization just released a study that shows working more than 55 hours a week can be bad for your health. The study, which came out in 2021, found that 488 million people around the world worked long hours in 2016.
The study found that people who work more than 55 hours a week have a higher chance of ischemic heart disease and stroke than people who work 35 to 40 hours a week. Stress and burnout that last for a long time can also raise cortisol levels, which is the main stress hormone. This can cause a lot of health problems, such as high blood pressure, sleep problems, brain fog, and sadness.