Britain’s “long-hour working culture” can be traced back to 1995 when British novelist Jojo Moyes suggested that productivity was falling as a result of longer working hours. Citing from “The Family Friendly Workplace” report, she indicated that long hours had started to become the norm due to job insecurity and pressure from bosses wanting to grow their businesses. Instead of resulting in better productivity, the “epidemic” was costing British industry millions as employees were physically affected and took sick leave, she said. Moyes added that 90 per cent of employees in the “Family Friendly” report had described the “long-hours culture” as a problem, because of reduced performance and lowered morale. In April 2015, research unveiled by the Office for National Statistics claimed that the absence of productivity growth in the UK since 2007 is “unprecedented in the postwar period”. It was also suggested the UK now had the second worst productivity record of the G7 nations. Backing up Moyes’s claim, Sealy UK recently explained that longer working hours, and the resulting lack of sleep, could be one of the biggest culprits when it came to Britain’s lack of productivity. The report, which questioned 1,000 of the nation’s workers, found 21 per cent of employees had called in sick or arrived late because of lack of sleep. Based on this statistic, the researchers calculated that if those employees missed work one day a year, it would mean costing UK businesses £453m in productivity – and a loss of 47,250,000 hours of work. Read more on productivity:
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