What can long hours and no breaks do to your health?

Chris Miller
February 13, 2020 - 12:11 pm
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The standoff between New Orleans firefighters and the city continues, with vacations canceled to try and preserve manpower as members of the firefighters union refuse to take on voluntary overtime. 

Firefighters union leader Aaron Mischler says some firefighters worked more than 90 hour work weeks before they began boycotting voluntary overtime, and now department brass has canceled vacations. 

Long hours with no breaks can cause morale to suffer, says LSU Health New Orleans clinical psychologist Dr. Michelle Moore.

"It does a lot to your job performance," she said. "If you're feeling stressed at work, you're going to see impacts to your physical health as well as your mental health."

Dr. Michelle Moore, clinical psychologist at LSU Health New Orleans says it also hurts workplace relationships when fatigue leads to short tempers, directed at co-workers or even the boss.

"We know that when we're stressed, we usually have more of a short temper," she explained. "We don't think before we act so we're reacting very impulsively to things, and often in a negative way."

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