High working hours damages economy and staff wellbeing

 

A rise in the number of working hours could be having a negative impact on the nation’s mental wellbeing and be costing the economy billions.

TUC analysis has found 3,337,000 employees, or roughly one in eight workers, are now working more than 48 hours a week, which is a rise of 250,000 since 2001.

Mental health charity Mind told the BBC that such a bad work-life balance could lead to poor mental health in the workplace, which costs the UK economy up to £100bn per year.

Some firms in the UK are attempting to combat this by allowing their staff a shorter working week. Pursuit Marketing, in Glasgow, told the BBC that their 100 staff have worked a four-day week since a successful trial in 2016.

They reported their productivity increased initially by about 38%, settling to about 30% over the past year, with turnover rising from £2.2m to £5m.

“The culture in the workplace drives better results, better performance, a happier workforce,” says the firm’s Operations Director, Lorraine Gray. “So, our retention rates are really high. We can attract the best talent,” she says.

“When our staff are in the office, they’re far more productive. They’re focused on what they need to do. And they want to enjoy that three-day weekend every weekend and not be worried about work.”

 

 

This article was published in HR Grapevine. You can see the original article here.

 

 

 
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