More than a quarter of working Brits admit they are ‘married to their job’, study finds

More than a quarter of working Brits admit they are ‘married to their job’, study finds

Monday, February 11, 2019

More than a quarter of working Brits admit they are "married to their job", a study has found.

Researchers who polled 2,000 workers found 45% habitually work an extra hour a day outside their contracted hours, including weekends.

More than half do so because they simply have too much work to do, a quarter feel pressured to by their boss and 18% fear they might lose their job otherwise.

And 48% admitted that this additional time has negatively impacted their health, and over a quarter admit it had a negative impact on their family life.



Commissioned by Perkbox, the research also found one in 10 has seen their relationship fall apart due to their dedication to their jobs.

Co-founder Chieu Cao said: “The research shows just how important it is to have balance in life.

"While it’s great to see so many of us dedicated to our jobs, the impact this is having on our wellbeing because we’re taking it to the extreme is worrying.

“With Valentine’s Day approaching, the findings serve as a stark reminder about priorities – and of course, our partners should be right up there.

“So if your other half has slipped down the pecking order because of your workload, perhaps this Thursday is the perfect time to re-address this.”


'Forced' to work too much

The study also found 52% believe technology – for instance being able to check emails on your phone – has directly led to an increase in the number of us working longer than contracted.

Further to this, a quarter admit they spend more time messaging their boss and work colleagues than they do their own friends.

Three in 10 said they feel like they’re always at work – even when they’re at home – and the same proportion admit they’re regularly kept up at night thinking about their job.



So perhaps it’s no surprise the research also found one third have left a job because they were "forced" to work too much.

Chieu Cao added: “As employers, we need to change certain work practices.

“We need to start managing people based on their outputs, leading by example and empowering them to make their own decisions.

“Our objective should no longer be keeping employees engaged at work, it should be catering for their entire employee experience, so they feel fulfilled inside and outside of it.”