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Middle management and junior staff starting their careers are under intense pressure in the workplace, according to a new study published by business performance consultants Lane4.

Almost half of workers (43%) now report feeling under pressure at work, says the study of 1,500 British employees, carried out by OnePoll. Middle management suffer the greatest stress levels, with two in five (39%) under severe stress.

Worryingly, one in five (20%) reported that junior staff just starting their careers also felt extreme pressure.

Because of the current economic climate, over a third (34%) are desperately worried about their job security. As a result, nearly one in five (17%) workers feel they have also been given additional work, increasing their workload dramatically.

Forty-eight percent of workers have actually had their workload increased following redundancies at their company, while nearly a quarter (24%) of workers are taking on extra projects to assist colleagues who are struggling to cope with their workload.

Nationally, both a third of male and female employees had severe fears about their current job. But the survey reveals that the most insecure region is the North West, with one in seven (16%) fearing they could lose their jobs, compared to only 3% of workers in East Anglia.


The average UK worker now puts in more than three weeks of overtime a year – just by answering calls and emails at home, a new study reveals.

In a survey of UK working adults, sponsored by Good Technology, 93% of people continue working when they have left the office – for a total of three hours and 31 minutes each week.  That's a total of 15 hours a month or 183 hours a year – the equivalent of 23 extra working days a year.

But while half do it simply to stay organised, 20% want to impress the boss by putting in the extra hours. A further 37% reply to work emails in bed to keep on top of things.  But they’re also using their mobiles to mix work and their personal life in ways never seen before.

The study also revealed:

• 66% of people check their work emails before 7.00 a.m.
• The average UK worker checks their phone at 6:51 a.m.
• More than a third of people confess that they respond to work emails from bed
• 61% use their commute to read and reply to work emails
• The work day is getting longer – 15% still respond to work email after 10 p.m.
• 65% don’t go to sleep until they’ve had a final check of work emails
• 33% can’t get through Saturday morning without checking their work email
• 29% routinely check work emails whilst at the dinner table; another 16% report actually replying to work emails during their evening meal
• 38% now think their job would be impossible without mobile email
• 15% of UK workers even carry two phones – one for work, one for personal use
• 42% use the same device for both work and personal activity


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