Warning Over 'Burnout Britain' For Workers
More than half of British employees are now working longer hours than they were three years ago, a new report suggests.
Researchers said some 58% of workers say their job demands have expanded, while 34% believe they are affected by excessive pressure.
The study, published by professional services firm Tower Watson, surveyed 32,000 employees worldwide for its global workforce study (GWS), including 2,600 workers in the UK.
It claimed Britain is heading for a "well-being meltdown" due to the pressure of the recession.
"From pay cuts to longer working hours, the GWS highlights the demands on workers that the recession has brought about, with only half (53%) of UK workers feeling their stress levels at work are manageable," it said.
"Despite increasing requirements for businesses to provide workers with advice on health and well-being, just a third (31%) of employees feel that their senior leaders support such policies."
Researchers added that British workers feel a need to display their commitment to the job as more than a 25% have failed to maximise their annual holiday or personal time off entitlements since 2009.
Exacerbated by the trend of cutting workforce numbers, one-in-five employees now feels that the amount of work they are asked to do is unreasonable, meanwhile 30% believe their organisation is under-funded in human resources.
The study showed results for the UK were broadly in line with those seen across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with similar numbers of workers feeling that there was excessive pressure, longer working hours and fewer resources.
Towers Watson said it also identified a clear link between the levels of well-being and engagement in a company's workforce and organisational performance.
It said that firms with low engagement produced an average operating margin of around 10% while organisations with high sustainable engagement performed nearly three times better - with operating margins of over 27%
Another issue that appeared was career development being hampered because staff were retiring at a later age, with a trend appearing of three generations appearing in the workforce.
Towers Watson's Nick Tatchell, who was involved in the research, said: "About a quarter of the people we interviewed thought because people weren't retiring it was becoming an issue.
"There is another issue and that is of people being 'stuck'. The want to contribute and they want to do a good job.
"But only about half of them say they have the 'tools' to achieve that and believe they are 'stuck'.
He added: "So they feel they are stuck both with tools and resources and also in their careers. People feel that is lacking at the moment."
what do you think?
There is no point working anymore this country is an expensive rip off and the government wont be happy till its taxed us till breaking point
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Nor will the employers until they have broken us. Then the stupid jobcentre force us back to work under the new schemes even tho we are ill God bless Mr Cameron you evil evil man
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and send the employers to see me and I will show them wellbeing first hand
Wich government would that be this or the last . Everyone wants a easy job with high pay when the rest of the world give a fair days pay for a fair days work Or you could go live in a third world country work long hours for little pay. Maybe you don't want to work but still get paid .We have become a bunch of soft me me me I want it all without the ethics of hard work
Paul your a mush we are becoming a 3rd world country