72 per cent of workers are giving employers ten free hours per week

Seventy-two per cent of British workers are giving their employers an extra ten hours of free labour each week in a bid to keep their line mangers happy, a study has found.

According to the research, which was conducted by travelodge.co.uk, one in ten workers are doing an entire week of extra work on top of their normal schedule.

The researchers surveyed 2,000 British workers in the UK to understand the effect that work life is having on home life.

According to onerec.com, the total number of hours worked equated to £142 billion of free productivity for employers each year.

A further 55 per cent of the respondents said that they had missed a family celebration such as a child’s birthday or sports day due to work commitments. One in ten men had missed the birth of their child due to work.

Those with jobs in London provided the most free productivity, contributing an average of 12 hours extra per week. Liverpudlians came a close second, giving an extra 11.5 hours per week.

Travelodge spokeswoman, Shakila Ahmed, said: “The report highlights that workaholic Britons should not just take regular breaks in the workplace but at the weekend too in order to recuperate and recharge.”

by Sean McGrath on April 23, 2013

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