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Why contracting could be the answer to presenteeism pressure

Paystream News


Monday 23rd Apr, 2018

Too many UK workers feel pressured to put in extra hours in their jobs, which is adversely affecting their productivity levels and overall wellbeing, according to a new report.

Research from totaljobs shows that 38 per cent of employees in Britain are regularly expected to work longer hours than they are contracted to, due to a widespread culture of presenteeism.

This issue was found to be most prevalent in Birmingham, where 44 per cent of workers often feel forced into working overtime because they don't want to be seen as workshy. Some 43 per cent of workers in Nottingham reported feeling the same, along with 40 per cent of those questioned in both Newcastle and Leeds, and 39 per cent of London-based workers.

Despite this, 33 per cent of respondents said they'd be more likely to achieve greater levels of productivity if they worked shorter days, as they would feel more refreshed and therefore better focused when tackling their workloads. This is something that limited company contractors have significantly more control over.

Commenting on the report's findings, Productivity Expert Grace Marshall explained: "Presenteeism thrives in a culture that honours 'busy' and busy is a poor judge of productivity.

"Unfortunately, our hard work ethic in the UK often equates commitment to working harder for longer. This inadvertently places more importance on how many hours we spend at work rather than what we achieve as a result."

Workers who feel that this expectation of presenteeism is affecting their happiness in the workplace may want to give some serious consideration to working for themselves as a limited company contractor or freelancer instead.

Contractors have the power to choose their own working hours and clocking off times, and only have to accept the assignments they feel they have the time for. As a result, they can work towards a much more sustainable work-life balance, with a lot less pressure.

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