Overtime overload – the seven-day working week

If punitively long hours are combined with gruelling commutes, workers could soon be facing burnout, says Regus CEO

Putting in extra hours at the office has become a normal part of everyday working life.
That’s according to new research carried out by serviced office provider Regus, which has revealed that more than one in 10 (13%) staff in Scotland regularly work 15 extra hours a week or more.
The extra hours are the equivalent of two days – equating to a seven-day working week.
Just 10% of Scots professionals polled said they usually work just one extra hour a week or less yet, for more than half (57%) working an extra six hours is typical.
The study also found that Scottish workers are struggling to switch off at the weekend, with nearly a third (31%) most likely to complete their overtime on Saturdays and Sundays.
However, workers are keen to leave on time on Fridays, with only 9% saying they usually work overtime at the end of the working week.
Richard Morris, Regus UK CEO, said: “While the commitment of Scottish workers is admirable, it is worrying that some are working the equivalent of a seven day week. Employers need to realise that not only is this unhealthy, it’s also not conducive to productivity or a high standard of work. It is also true that the location this work is carried out in plays an important role in contributing to worker wellbeing.
“If workers need to complete overtime, being able to do so from a professional workspace closer to home will mean they benefit from a shorter commute at the beginning and end of the day. In fact, working closer to home means the unproductive commuting hours – often totalling four hours per day – can instead be spent on productive tasks.  If punitively long hours are combined with gruelling commutes, workers could soon be facing burnout.”

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