Is work wrecking your social life? You’re not alone
All work and no play might make Jack a dull boy – but new research has revealed that workplace pressure is eating awayatoursociallives,withone inthree(35percent)UKprofessionalsmissinganaverageof26 socialeventseveryyearbecause of work commitments.
ThestudybyCABA,acharity which supports chartered accountants’ wellbeing, surveyed 2000 UK working adults, and exposed how UK workers are losing out on a healthy worklife balance.
Kelly Feehan, Services Director for CABA explains more: “There’s an increased demand ontoday’s‘alwayson’workplace culture;it’snolongerjustaplace where employees turn up, do a job and go home.”
So whether it’s a wedding, birthdayparty,datenightorjust an after-work visit to the gym, workers appear to be losing out becauseofworkplacepressure.
Kelly adds: “Shockingly, 68 per cent of employees admit to checking their work emails while on leave and even when they’reoffsick,showingthebeliefthatyouneedtobeconnected to the office 24/7.
“Thisshouldnotbethecase. This expectation needs eradicatingifwe’retohavehappyand productive employees.”
Negative feelings towards a workplaceoremployerbecause ofeffectsonwellbeingaren’tunusual either – more than onethird (35 per cent) of employees admittedregularlyconsidering leaving their job or handing in their notice.
However, it’s not just because of a 24/7 workplace culture – 34 per cent of employees admitted that not being paid enough (nine per cent) and limited career development (eight per cent) are the biggest reasons for workers disliking their employers.
The research also found more than a quarter (27 per cent) of employees admitted it takes longer to complete tasks because of the inability to concentrate, and 18 per cent cry at least once every fortnight.
Kelly adds:“While workplace stress may originate on the job, it eventually extends to every aspect of an employee’s life, affecting everything from theirpersonalrelationstotheir finances and health.
“Our lives no longer have a clear separation between work and home, which is why businesses need to assess the wellbeing and mental health structures they have in place to continue attracting and retaining the best talent.”