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UK – Tower Watson warns of work till you drop attitude

19 November 2012

Britain’s workforce is heading for a well-being meltdown with more than one in three UK employees (34%) saying they are often affected by “excessive” pressure at work, according to research from Towers Watson.

The Global Workforce Study, which surveyed 32,000 employees worldwide, also showed that over half (58%) said that they have been working more hours than normal over the last three years with many expecting this to continue over the coming years.

Only half (53%) of UK workers feel their stress levels at work is manageable. And 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.

Results for the UK were broadly in line with those seen across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with similar numbers of workers feeling that there was excessive pressure, longer working hours and fewer resources available in the workplace.

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. If employees are overworked and stressed then their levels of engagement, morale and well-being are correspondingly low and this can have a real impact on the bottom line for many organisations,” he warned.

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