Long-hours culture 'is counter-productive'

25-04-2008

Long-hours culture 'is counter-productive'
The current culture of working long hours in the UK could negatively affect both employees and business, a new study suggests.

A survey by Right Corecare of 2,347 employees found that four out of ten spend more than their scheduled hours in the office.

More than one-fifth (21 per cent) said they stay late because their managers expects this type of behaviour, while 16 per cent would like others to view them as hard-working.

Commenting on the findings, Adrienne Heeley of Right Corecare raised concerns that a long-hours culture could have "a detrimental effect on the employee's wellbeing, the productivity of the business and the UK's economy as a whole".

She suggested that bosses "be on the look-out for presenteeism creeping into their offices" and take steps to combat it.

A recent report from the British Medical Association raised concerns that junior doctors may have to work longer hours, due to staff shortages.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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