-- There are about 155 million people working in the United States and almost a third of them work more than 40 hours a week. So between 24-7 access to email and phone calls from the office, putting in a few extra hours at work and making time for family, there never seem to be enough hours in a day. The stress that results is costing employers plenty -- over $300 billion a year. The toll of excessive stress on the body has been well documented, including stomach problems, high blood pressure and headaches.
Columbia University psychiatrist Harold Pincus says the psychological effects can be equally as serious.
DR. HAROLD PINCUS, NYPH/COLUMBIA UNIV. MED. CTR.: “It affects their daily functioning. If you are under tremendous amounts of stress, it affects your sleep. It affects your ability to concentrate. It affects your ability to interact with colleagues and family. It makes you more irritable.”