Are you at risk of office burnout?

    • Britain’s small and medium sized firms make up 99.9% of the UK’s private sector businesses, employ nearly three-fifths of its workforce and account for 48% of the turnover.

      But full-on pursuit of commercial success may be putting owners and employees of these businesses at increased risk of ill health and burnout. Described as a type of stress, office burnout can manifest itself as a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work.

      Unfortunately, long working hours are often embedded into SME culture. According to our recent research*

      • 47% of employees in SMEs across the UK said they regularly work 4 or more hours of overtime per week
      • 29% of these put in 7 or more hours
      • For half (52%), the extra hours are unpaid

      In addition

      • 21% of employees take fewer than 30 minutes for lunch
      • 27% have cancelled family time and 19% have missed a child’s event such as a school play
      • Over half (54%) of employees have continued to work after putting children to bed

      Watch our short animation below, to help employers spot the signs of burnout, in your staff or yourself.


      *Workplace Wellness survey, conducted by Redshift Research on behalf of AXA PPP healthcare in March 2014

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