We’re working harder – no kidding

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Employees are ‘working harder than last year,’ finds one survey, and a whopping one in five have acknowledged they are performing the work of two or more people.

Nearly half of British employees are working harder than they were a year ago, according to the results of new research, as a survey of 2,000 staff by the recruitment firm Randstad found that 40 per cent had a bigger workload than 12 months ago.

Of greater concern, a block of “severely overstretched workers” were doing the work of two or more people, it revealed. One-fifth of those surveyed said that their workload should be covered by two people or more, while 6 per cent claimed to be doing the job of at least two-and-a-half workers.

“Spread-thin Britain is being stretched even thinner,” says Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad UK and Middle East. “Up until recently, firms were reluctant to take on staff because they were concerned the nascent economic recovery could be easily derailed. As a result, existing staff have taken on increasingly large workloads, particularly as the recovery has gained momentum and demand has increased.”

Two-fifths of workers could be “be close to breaking point,” warns Bull, as 43 per cent of respondents said that it was not possible for them to work any harder.

Just over half of those polled (53 per cent) reported that they were doing the job of more than one person, up from 45 per cent last year. (continued.)

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