Companies are receiving £12,000 worth of free labour in extra, unpaid hours, with many British employees working more than four hours overtime a day, research has claimed.
With today heralding the start of Work-Life Balance week, the report from market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres may interest staff feeling frazzled by thier workload.
The report said that while workers may now be jetting off on much-needed holidays, many may have already paid back their holiday entitlements in extra, unpaid hours.
Nearly three-quarters of the survey's 430 respondents admitted to not taking their full lunch break entitlement. And while two-thirds of employees work an extra hour or more per day, 13 per cent of employees put in four hours or more a day outside their core business hours.
Four extra hours equates to over £12,000 of 'free labour' per employee each year, based on the average gross hourly rate from the Office of National Statistics.
WRQ, the software company that commissioned the survey, said inefficient technologies should shoulder some of the blame for the culture of long working hours.
But cultural issues and job security fears may also be hampering attempts to establish a successful balance between work and home life.
However John Eary, head of the NCC Skills Source Consultancy, said that despite the findings, the work-life balance message was getting through to both employers and employees.
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