Study: One in three workers face burn-out

HRM 22 Nov 2012

Excessive work pressure and long hours are putting UK employees under much strain, resulting in potential ‘burn-out’, according to new research from Towers Watson.

According to the Global Workforce Study, more than a third of UK employees (34%) said they were often affected by excessive stress.

More than half of respondents (58%) said they have been working more hours than normal over the past three years, and half of them expect this trend to continue for the next three years.

While slightly more than half (53%) found that stress levels at work are manageable, less than a third said their leaders supported health and well-being policies to help them cope with it.

It has left a fifth of workers feeling that the amount of work they are asked to do is unreasonable with 30% believing their organisation is under-resourced.

Charles Fair, senior engagement and well-being consultant at Towers Watson, said: “This research raises huge concerns over our country’s health and well-being at work. Several years of economic uncertainty have led to increased anxiety around job security with workers putting in longer hours than ever, raising concerns of ‘burn-out’ amongst British workers. Businesses should act now to avoid a ‘work until you drop’ culture turning into the norm with workers becoming increasingly unproductive, something our economy can ill-afford at the moment.”



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