Are you at risk of office burnout?

Small Business Insight

1 January 2018

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.

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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

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

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

Sources and References

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

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