"Guolaosi" is the term now used in China for people who have literally worked themselves to death.

The problem is so bad in China that some estimates put the annual "Guolaosi" death toll in China at 600,000 per year.

Its easy to let employees who do not complain work extra hours but this could be a big mistake for both the health of the employee and the reputation of your business. The 4 key reasons you should not roster your employees for more than 40 hours a week are:

More hours simply doesn’t equal more work. Research has shown than beyond an 8 hour day, 40 hour week, employee productivity drops massively.

Employees who work too many hours are much more likely to get ill, be it succumbing to a virus or something much more serious. Either way, this ends up costing your business big time in lost productivity.

Eventually staff will burn out and leave to find more manageable hours of work. This often results in the loss of the most talented and dedicated people in your business.

If your overworked employees deal with customers, the level of service drops massively once they are working more than a 40 hour week. They simply don't have the energy and enthusiasm required to give great service. It will cost your business in reduced sales, increased customer complaints as well as possible customer losses and will effect your business reputation.

Check out RosterElf’s rostering software to see how it can help you manage your shifts across your employees to avoid overworking your employees. Our online rostering system will help ensure you look after your employees and your business and share the load of shifts across your staff.

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