Does it feel like you’re married to your work? If so, you’re among more than a ¼ of British employees who feel this way…
Research led by Perkbox (and shared by Recruiting Times) shows that:
- 45% of people routinely work more than an hour beyond their standard day – with weekends included.
- Almost ¼ have cancelled a personal commitment, such as a date or a party, due to their work.
- 1 in 10 say that being married to their job has caused a relationship breakdown.
- 30% of respondents feel “like they’re always at work, even when they’re at home”.
Technology once again bears some of the brunt of the blame. 70% of employees have received out-of-hours communications via email, text or phone call. 25% even think they send more messages to their colleagues or boss than they do their friends.
A number of health implications are additionally discussed. These findings support People Management’s report, which states that: ‘always on employees are more engaged but also more stressed.’
An overworking culture…
The Perkbox study only has 2,000 respondents. However, it closely reflects wider research. For instance, the TUC’s exploration of 5 million UK workers. This reveals that a total of £2 billion worth of unpaid overtime was undertaken in 2018.
While acknowledging that many people are prepared to work some overtime when needed, the TUC suggests that there are employers who are taking advantage of their teams. As a result, they’re calling for new rights that will make such employers more accountable.
Once again, the health impact of these working practices is discussed, alongside the reduced productivity that results from a culture of overwork.
Appearances may be deceptive!
Over on HR Magazine, a separate report explores the productivity issue in more detail. This post cites research from Maxis Global Benefits Network, which found that 79% of UK office professionals work an extra three days of overtime each month.
- 79% of people also report to a ‘desk time’ focus, meaning that they’re ‘expected to be seen at their desks’ most of the time.
- It may be thought this would boost productivity. Yet, conversely, many employees (almost 1/3) are spreading out their workloads to appear more productive than they truly are.
You won’t be surprised to hear that this article also finds a connection between long working hours and anxiety, stress and poor work-life balance.
So, is it time to divorce your job?!
If you’re no longer enjoying your work, or you feel it’s having a negative effect on your personal life, you may want to reconsider your options. Review the latest jobs and be sure to discuss your priorities with your recruitment consultant.