A Job 'Latitude and Load' Checklist: Same as Job 'Control and Demand' Checklist?


Does the combination of "high load" and "low latitude" (or, correspondingly, "high demand" and "low control") correlate with substantially heightened risk of cardiovascular disease?

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A Job 'Latitude and Load' Checklist: Same as Job 'Control and Demand' Checklist?

What you will learn in this eBook

An overloaded, dehydrated, overworked mule keels over during a grueling ascent up a steaming Honduran mountain jungle's steep path. A Tokyo office worker, and father of two, pressured to work the insanely long hours he's put in for months at a stretch (without a day off), is found slumped over, dead at his desk (“D.A.H.D.”, to coin a portmanteau acronym)—another victim of what has been dubbed “karoshi”, death from “overwork” (which the Japanese so often confuse with “overtime”, when speaking English).

An American “Type-A” workaholic chartered accountant lives through another frenetic tax season of endlessly juggled clients, phones, meetings, calculations and files, but his GP shocks him with the news that his cardiovascular health has been rocked—his LDL (“bad” cholesterol levels are way up, his stress-pumped cortisol levels are dangerously elevated, and there are signs of arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, i.e., cardiovascular disease (not at all helped and perhaps caused by the cholesterol-cortisol toxic mix).

Whether an extreme enough “high load”, by itself, is ever sufficient to cause such health catastrophes is an important question; but if, in addition, a lack of or otherwise insufficient latitude includes not being free to rest, quit or refuse, then common sense and research spanning more than four decades suggest that “low latitude” will be a precipitating co-factor.

About the author

Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa, writer for Recruiter.com, is a former editor and writer with China Daily News, Hong Kong edition and Editor-in-chief, Business Insight Japan Magazine, Tokyo; he has also been a columnist with one of Japan's national newspapers, The Daily Yomiuri, and a university lecturer (critical thinking and philosophy).
A Job 'Latitude and Load' Checklist: Same as Job 'Control and Demand' Checklist?