British employees work an average of 38 WORKING DAYS above their paid contract every year, according to a new study. Researchers found workers actually graft for an incredible extra 305 hours and 30 minutes each year – often unpaid and unappreciated.
The study of 2,000 working adults shows that, on average, people start work at least 17 minutes before they’re officially meant to, only take 31 minutes of their hour lunch break and leave the building 16 minutes after they should. In addition, people will spend a further 16 minutes at home sifting through emails, before and after work. This hard work equates to overtime of one hour and 18 minutes every day – that’s six hours and 30 minutes each week.
When asked why they work above and beyond the call of duty, 41 per cent admit they feel it’s the only way they can do their job properly. Six in 10 people claim they are EXPECTED to work additional hours and put in overtime as and when necessary, with only five per cent of these people enjoying more money as a result. While 33 per cent of employees are made to feel guilty if they leave the office first at the end of the day.