Compiled by Janet Scanlon 

Topic Page Advisor:
Sharon Lobel, Ph.D.

Overwork can be defined as negative outcomes that occur when individuals are required to work more hours than they want to work. Personal perceptions of workload are critical, as individuals have diverse reactions to the number of hours worked depending on their needs, lifestyle, expectations, and experiences. Individuals have different tolerances for demands and stress. While many, including professionals and dual-earner couples, are working harder than ever, some lower wage workers can not find enough work to meet their needs.

Updated: May 2010