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Workaholics, take heart: Long hours aren’t always bad for your health

Workaholics, take heart: Long hours aren’t always bad for your health
The Globe and Mail
By Virginia Galt
Published: October 1, 2017

Working to excess has never been viewed as particularly healthy – quite the opposite, in fact.

However, new research out of Simon Fraser University suggests it's not necessarily harmful if people are logging the extra hours by choice – whether out of professional pride, to launch a career, for the intellectual stimulation or because they simply love the job.

"Engagement is the key," said Lieke ten Brummelhuis, an assistant professor at SFU's Beedie School of Business and lead author of Beyond Nine to Five: Is Working to Excess Bad for Health? The study, co-written with Nancy Rothbard of the University of Pennsylvania and Benjamin Uhrich of the University of North Carolina Charlotte, was recently published in the Academy of Management Discoveries journal.

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