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One in four work without breaks

10th June 2010

Up to a quarter of people in the UK are working all day without taking a break.


A survey of 3,000 people by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists found that staff shortages had led to extra stress being placed on workers.

More than half of those polled said they went to work when feeling unwell or stressed and often skipped breaks.

The CSP acknowledged the importance of work in contributing to people’s broader mental and physical wellbeing but also warned that overworking could lead to health problems.

Some 25% of people surveyed took no lunch break while a third worked through most of it and many blamed the reason on too much work or not enough staff to share the workload.

The CSP say bad working practices, or working in the same position for long periods, can lead to increased risk of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and stress.

Staff sickness is estimated to cost employers and society about £35bn each year in reduced productivity, sick pay and benefits with some of that able to be recouped through improving working practices.

CSP chairman Ann Green said: “Work is good for us and can contribute to our physical and mental well-being - but not when overworking means people don't have the time or energy to look after their own health or when staff are at work but not fit for work.”

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has also taken steps to encourage employers to do more to tackle stress and anxiety in the workplace.


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Article Information

Title: One in four work without breaks
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15093
Date Added: 10th Jun 2010


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