Stressed out British workers feel pressured to work harder than ever before
Brits are stressed out by their hectic lifestyles – and it’s only getting worse, a study has revealed.
Almost two thirds of workers believe their lives have become busier in recent years, at the cost of much needed downtime each day.
And four in five ‘on the go’ workers have found themselves seriously stressed out by their non-stop day-to-day dealings.
Forty seven per cent think they are being pressured to work harder than ever before, and two thirds feel they are expected to work longer hours than in the past.
In fact, workers typically clock two extra hours each day on the job when they’re away from the desk in order to keep up with their torrent of tasks.
And most Brits think there’s little sign of the pace of life slowing any time soon, with 55 per cent anticipating things will only get busier and more hectic in the future.
Greg Tatton-Brown, a spokesperson from online casino Casumo.com, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s in little doubt that modern workers need to be made of stern stuff to get through the grind.
“More is being demanded of the workforce than ever before, and being able to remain productive on the go is pivotal to keeping on top of your game.
“Our research has shown current work expectations are certainly causing stress, and we think it’s important to make time for some fun, even in the daily rat race, to maintain a healthy life balance.”
This busy lifestyle is taking its toll, with two in five workers believing their relentless schedule is burning them out physically.
And 43 per cent think their mental health has suffered due to their inability to catch a break.
In fact, the average worker says they are only able to grab two hours each day reserved for downtime where they do nothing at all.
Researchers found 71 per cent believe technology is to blame for the increased levels of chaos in their lives, as recent advancements allow people to carry on with their tasks outside of working hours.
And 57 per cent believe the rise of social media has led to a busier social calendar.
In the morning it takes just 32 minutes before thoughts of work creep into our consciousness, and we will complete an average of 90 tasks throughout the course of the day before we get to bed.
Even with the additional hours of work done on the move, there still isn’t enough time in the day to get everything finished, with the average worker ticking off just over half of their to-do list on any given day.
These packed schedules are also having a cost on sleep, with the average worker snatching just over six hours of rest a night.
On the plus side, 40 per cent of workers enjoy always being occupied with something to do, and 34 per cent say they feel driven to achieve as much as possible in a typical day on the go.
Three in ten like a lifestyle which keeps them on their toes, and one in four like the feeling of being needed that comes with a fully-booked day on the job.
Throughout the week an average worker will eat three meals while on the go, make seven phone calls and update their social media four times.
Twenty two per cent will occupy themselves with a mobile game on the move, while one in five choose to read the paper instead.
As for busiest days, Manic Monday is right, with almost one in four workers saying Monday is the most challenging day of the week.
Greg Tatton-Brown, from Casumo.com, added: “While technology has made our lives more convenient and helps us to all stay connected, it’s important to remember there are only 24 hours in the day and a limit to how much you can do.
“By making time for yourself and the bare necessities while on the go, you can help to avoid burnout, and have fun along the way.”
Article by Grant Bailey