I recently read an article by Tom Popomaronis, ‘Science says you shouldn’t work more than this number of hours a week’ which started me thinking about the hours I work and have worked in the past. The guts of the article is that working too long can affect your health and your personal life and after a certain number of hours, productivity declines.
I don’t think there are any surprises in the article but my response is that the number of hours and the reason for working these hours DEPENDS on so many different things. Working in IT, I have had my share of all nighters, and this is the case in many other professions e.g. the military, farming, hospitality, doctors and husky drivers (see photo).