London: One in every four employees are
putting their health at risk by working through the day
without a break, a new survey has found and advocated for
adopting healthier working practices.
Long hours, reporting to duty while ill and lack of
exercise pose "serious risks" to employees` health and could
prove costly for them, said the report by the Chartered
Society of Physiotherapy.
The survey of 2,600 adults also found that a third skip
their lunch because of heavy workloads that could result in
long-term back pain, obesity, depression, heart disease, and
Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said overworking
and not taking breaks "is actually costing employers and their
"Employees pay the price with their health and there is a
cost to employers in reduced productivity and performance," he
was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
"Work is good for us and can contribute to physical and
mental wellbeing but not when overworking means people don’t
have the time or energy to look after their own health or when
staff are at work but are not fit for work."
Ben Willmott, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel
and Development, agreed, saying the findings should ring alarm
bells for employers.
"A certain level of pressure at work is of course
desirable," he said.
"However when the pressure people face regularly exceeds
their ability to cope, in other words stress, it is likely to
lead to time off work and is linked to conditions such as
depression, anxiety and heart disease."