If you thought you were the only one toiling away while everyone else has gone down the pub, think again; UK employees are working an additional 66 million hours of overtime each week, without being compensated.
According to the ‘Work it Out’ Report, commissioned by OnePulse and published as part of the National Work Life Week, each week 70% of UK employees are working an average of 8.73 hours’ overtime, and 43% will not be paid for their time – amounting to nearly 66 million unpaid hours of work.
To make matters worse, the research shows that half of all employees feel stressed and tired at work, with only a quarter stating they feel happy and valued in the workplace.
Employees who took part in the research claimed overtime includes working through their lunch break (71%) and after hours (79%). Over a third say they are not able to take 100% of their annual leave entitlement, due to excessive workload (37%).
And a large majority (93%) of the 2,000 people who took part who took part said they would prefer to work longer days for four days a week (10.5 hours) and have a three-day weekend. At the moment, most say their weekend is spent recuperating from their busy working week, leaving little energy to do ‘out of work’ activities (66%).
OnePulse chief marketing officer Nick Walter comments: “As both an employer and an employee, work/life balance is always an interesting debate. The real issue here is the taboo nature of working overtime today. Since the start of the UK financial crisis in 2008, there was a nervousness amongst employees, who were urged to up their game to keep their jobs – and this is the hangover – who is going to speak out?
“Simultaneously, the rise of ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) into the workplace and innovations in digital technology and improved access to high speed internet, ‘work’ is no longer only possible in the office – work is everywhere we turn.”
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