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A quarter of UK employees work an extra day a week for free says Kelly

A quarter of UK employees work an extra day a week for free says Kelly 

Mobile technology contributes to increased fatigue and burnout,  according to more than one third of employees

Latest Findings from Kelly Global Workforce Index&trade  

Every week, as many as 28% of professionals work more than six hours outside their normal operating hours.

The latest findings from the Kelly Global Workforce Index(KGWI) reveal that a third feel under pressure to work longer hours. 39% of workers believe the pressure to stay connected with work outside office hours comes from themselves rather than their employers or clients.

While nearly half say that mobile technology has improved their productivity, only 19% feel that it has increased their job security – and 38% feel it has contributed to increased burnout, showing how the workers of today believe they need to go above and beyond to impress.

“We’ve been witnessing a steady trend towards the more independent and self-reliant worker,” says Gary Jones, Managing Director, Kelly Services, UK & Ireland. “These people are better connected, more flexible about when and where they work and frequently put themselves under a lot of pressure.” 

As employees spend more time working remotely using mobile technology, the office style working environment is becoming out-dated, with nearly two-thirds of workers preferring to work away from the office if they had the option.  

Gary Jones continues: “With the rise of the & lsquo;virtual worker’ it is becoming increasingly important that employers keep in close contact with their workforce, making sure they are offering the support and encouragement their workers need. As the traditional nine to five model has largely disappeared and been replaced by a more elastic approach to working hours, employers must ensure their employees feel valued and don’t risk burning out.”

The KGWI examines issues of job mobility and career progression as part of a shift to a more virtual workforce. Nearly 170,000 people in 30 countries participated in the survey, including more than 3,500 in the UK.


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