UK has high ‘always-on work’ culture

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As many as 72.4% of Brits reply to work-related emails or make work-related calls during their free time.

A recent survey revealed that as many as 65.1% of Brits admit to thinking about work outside of office hours, with 29.5% of professionals confessing to not having a good work-life balance.

New research from CV-Library also found that as many as one in three (34.8%) check their phone for work-related purposes right before they go to sleep and as soon as they wake up.

The majority (78.3%) of professionals surveyed believe that this ‘always-on work’ culture sweeping the UK is having a negative impact on their life. For example:

  • Poor quality of sleep (52.8%)
  • Increased stress levels (51.9%)
  • Feeling exhausted (50.6%)
  • Spending less time with family (47.6%)
  • Unable to do enjoyable hobbies (38.8%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “It’s concerning to learn that such a large percentage of UK professionals are continuing to work outside of their contracted hours. While technology has opened us up to a world of opportunities, it also makes it all too easy to access emails and shared drives from home.

“And it’s clear that this is having a negative impact on their wellbeing, with many losing sleep, feeling increasingly stressed and having less time to enjoy their private lives.”

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This news isn’t good for businesses either, with 44.4% of professionals saying they have left a job due to a poor work-life balance.

Advising employers, Lee added, “Work-life balance is hugely important, not just for employees, but for businesses as well. Over-worked staff can become fatigued, will be less productive and ultimately could end up burning out.

“To ensure that staff are taking time to re-charge, ban them from accessing emails and shared drives after work. Offering flexible working can also help employees to better shape their work around their private life. And, practise what you preach. Create a culture where work-life balance is encouraged, and ensure that senior staff aren’t seen to be putting in all hours under the sun!”

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