A fifth of employees say they are expected to work extra hours, due to the UK’s so-called presenteeism culture. Yet the Right Corecare report finds that long hours do not always result in increased productivity, with a quarter of those who stay late using the time to surf the internet, while a sixth admit to working late just to make a good impression on their boss. Just over a third say they stay behind to get work done.
While 15% of workers believe staying in work longer will help their careers, only 8% have received a pay rise or promotion as a result. Older workers (45-plus) are more aware of this fact, with just 10% of them believing those who put in more hours are perceived as harder workers (compared with 21% of those aged under 45).
"It’s clear many people believe the only way to get ahead is to be visibly seen as hard-working by bosses and colleagues,” says Adrienne Heeley, director of work/life services at Right Corecare. “As the economy slows down and employees become concerned about their positions within an organisation, this problem could worsen – with staff seeking to secure their jobs by being first in and last to leave.”