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A quarter of UK workers ‘struggling with workloads’

Published: December 22, 2016

UK workers are struggling with high workloads and worry about colleagues leaving, according to new research.

Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of UK employees have experienced a high workload in the last 12 months.

This is according to the results of a new survey from Rungway, which also revealed that the next top anxiety faced by British employees is the prospect of colleagues leaving for new jobs, cited by 21 per cent of the 2,000 respondents.

Bad management (17 per cent) and being burnt out (16 per cent) were also concerns for workers. However, more than a third (34 per cent) admitted that they wouldn’t speak to anyone when faced with such problems.

The results reveal that these issues affect employees of all ages, workers aged 35 to 44 were most likely to cite high workloads as an issue, with 33 per cent of this demographic mentioning the concern.

Almost a third (30 per cent) of this age group worried about colleagues leaving, which is much higher than the overall average of 21 per cent. Bad management bothered 22 per cent, difficult clients troubled 19 per cent, as did dealing with underperforming team members.

Employees aged 35 to 44 also worried about not being listened to (16 per cent) and not being able to progress in their chosen careers (15 per cent).

When Rungway broke the results down by geographic location it was revealed that 38 per cent of workers in Belfast struggle with high workloads, compared to 34 per cent in Oxford and 31 per cent in London.

Commenting on the results, Julie Chakraverty, founder at Rungway, said: “It’s clear that UK workers need a break this festive season, since so many of the working population say they have high workloads, but the research also suggests these workers need a good strategy to solve these issues once they’re back from their break.”

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