New survey shows majority of Americans have unhealthy work-life balance

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — At the Gates Vascular Institute, many employees work around the clock.

“You’re always online with some sort of data coming your way be it volume data or issues going on or anything from a hospital stand point so you’re always online, always on the go, and you’re always in the know so you’re never off,” said Chris Lane, Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute President.

Lane says everyday is different but on a given day he could work anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a day.

“Balancing work and life is always going to be a challenge no matter what industry you’re in but for us we’re open 24/7, 365 days a year we have staff here 24/7 so it’s very difficult to balance that,” said Lane.

“We’re always connected you’re always worried that your cell phone is going to go off and that call to come on in,” said Tim Shippert, Gates Vascular Institute RN.

Some say working long hours is in the nature of the business they’re in but others believe it’s the nature of our country’s work culture. A new survey by Groupon of 2,000 people showed that 60 percent of Americans have an unhealthy work-life balance and don’t have enough time in the day to relax. A third of Americans said they work too hard and nearly 40 percent say they work too many hours. (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160726006085/en)

“If our cell phones are on no matter what part of the country we are in we can often be pulled back into the work mode,” said Doctor Kenneth Snyder, University at Buffalo Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery.

Doctor Snyder says our bodies weren’t designed to handle the work loads that many of us juggle on a daily basis.

“The more someone has a constant barrage of stress and cortisol and insulin, the more our glucose control regulation in our body gets out of whack,” said Dr. Snyder.

Dr Snyder says if you can find even 5 minutes a day to meditate and just unplug, that could help reduce stress level hormones and give your body the break that it needs.

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