A recent survey conducted by alldayPA found that the majority of people in full-time jobs experience high levels of burnout due to work-related stress and pressures.
With 72% of UK workers currently in full-time employment, statistics provided by on-demand customer service provider alldayPA showed a worrying 68% of them are stressed and overwhelmed at work.
More than a quarter of respondents (29%) attributed the cause of their stress to feeling overwhelmed by the increasing workload, while slightly fewer (27%) said their work-life balance was stressful.
17% of employees also said they struggled with their work hours when trying to achieve work-life stability.
Accounting, banking and finance have also proven to be the most stressful sectors to work in.
High levels of work-related stress were most commonly reported in London, where 9% of respondents said they were ALWAYS stressed, 28% stressed most of the time and 42% sometimes. Only 4% said they never felt stressed, 15% rarely, while 1% preferred not to comment. (These numbers have been rounded to the nearest decimal).
alldayPA also revealed that, in the struggle to cope with the rising cost of living, 30% of workers now have unrest alongside their daily work – which experts say is causing worrying levels of burnout. and anxiety.
Business and marketing consultant, Fab Giovanetti, who authored the award-winning book Recover your free time reveals why more and more people are taking up side jobs in our current economic climate and how these increased workloads can lead to job burnout.
“People are scrambling for financial gain as the cost of living continues to rise. Other than that, a side hustle provides a creative outlet and allows people to up their game and learn something new – but people need to make sure they are managing their time effectively to avoid burnout!
“It’s important to create working hours for your side hustle when possible so you don’t feel like you’re ‘always on’. Set boundaries and separate physical environments whenever possible. Try to not working on your end by hustling you around your room or on the sofa.You don’t want it to take over other areas of your life.”
She also shared how she has noticed a clear divide between age groups and gender, with more women aged 25-34 experiencing higher work-related stress due to the pressure they feel to perform. several tasks.
Social media creation and blogging on platforms such as Instagram and TikTok came out on top. In 2022, these would be the most common side hustles due to the accessibility of these apps and their ability to help people generate extra income quickly.
alldayPA spoke to London-based doctor Dr Vanessa, who revealed that her side hustle as a part-time filmmaker gave her a creative outlet. This parallel hustle, however, takes up almost as many hours of his week as his 40-hour contract role in the NHS, making it difficult to find a healthy work-life balance.
“My current job title is ‘doctor’ and I work for the NHS which is caring for patients, diagnosing, managing treatment and discharge.
“I’m passionate about my role and it earns me most of my salary, but my side job as a filmmaker and screenwriter gives me a creative outlet – it’s a passion for me first and financial benefits second.
“I work 35 to 40 hours a week for my job and I work about as much for the side job. I’m not sure I’ve achieved a healthy work-life balance yet. Instead, I achieved an incredible balance of full-employment side hustle, with each role feeding into the other.”
She adds: “I also think that employers offering flexible working days are extremely beneficial. For my part, I tend to work weekends in the hospital and have a few days off during the work week, which allows me to contact my clients during office hours.”
According to the recent survey conducted by alldayPA, almost 58% of people also work overtime, without always being paid for their extra workload.
11% of UK workers said they worked more than 11 overtime hours, while 14% worked 7-10 hours. 23% reported working 5-6 hours overtime, 29% reported working 3-4 hours and 20% reported working up to 2 hours overtime per week. 4% preferred not to answer. (These numbers have been rounded to the nearest decimal).
A total of 40% of full-time employees in the North West said yes to overtime, but a staggering 50% (of those who said yes) are not being paid for that overtime. Similarly, of the 45% of workers in London who are currently working overtime, almost 40% (38%) of them are also not being paid for overtime.
Burnout is an increasingly troubling phenomenon that can cause our bodies to enter a state of stress, intensify symptoms of anxiety and depression, decrease motivation, and have difficulty sleeping. Burnout can also harm our physical health, as it can be a strong predictor of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory problems, among others.
Expert psychotherapist, Brooke Schwartz, commented on the hype around the culture of hustle and how employees can better manage their time for the benefit of their overall well-being:
“The belief that our productivity determines our worth is one of the main reasons people take on work they don’t have time for, or even take on an extra hustle. Our society places a high value on hard work and a “bustle culture,” and considers even those who take the time to rest and take care of themselves “lazy” or “unmotivated.”
“Consider using a strategy called time blocking, which involves dividing your schedule into designated time blocks for certain tasks. Having time blocks reduces the likelihood of procrastination, which delays work and makes it more likely you’ll finish. by working after hours.
“This can be useful when using time blocks to also block personal time. Having personal time signals programmed into your brain that you are supposed to be off the clock and not respecting not your schedule if you choose to squeeze in some more work.
alldayPA Founder and CEO Reuben Singh explained how companies can help their employees manage work-related stress through regular check-ins and flexible working hours:
“At alldayPA, we have taken the management of rotations back to staff, allowing them to work flexible hours to suit them. We have increased staff pay by up to 14%, with shorter and split shifts to accommodate their life outside of work.
“Since we gave them autonomy, we have seen both an increase in not only their level of happiness but also their sense of involvement. As a 24 hour, 7 day a week business, we can allow our staff to choose their working hours and therefore all shifts are always covered as the staff themselves appreciate and better understand each other’s requirements and adapt to each other.”.
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Data comes from OnePoll as an exclusive survey for alldayPA.
A total of 2,000 people were questioned about their profession and their working hours. In addition to finding insights into how these respondents manage their work and social lives, alldayPA examined the differences between full-time, part-time, freelance, and fixed-term workers and produced a blog post and a press release on these results.
The statistics used by alldayPA from the survey have been calculated by rounding the percentages to the nearest decimal place. Some of the data points will be rounded to 99% due to statistics provided by OnePoll.
Brooke Schwartz (LCSW, LMSW) is a licensed psychotherapist.