Carers victims of ‘always on’ work culture

Stress, poor quality sleep and feeling exhausted are some of the consequences of the ‘always on’ care culture, a survey has found.

The survey by independent job site CV-Library found 69.2% of those consulted suffered increased stress levels as a result of work worries.

More than two-thirds (69%) spent less time with their family due to being overworked, with 62% suffering poor quality sleep, 61.5% feeling exhausted and 46.2% unable to do hobbies.

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More than three-quarters of care professionals (76.5%) confessed to replying to work-related emails or making work-related calls in their free time.

One in three (38.5%) checked their phone for work calls before going to sleep and as soon as they woke up.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s concerning to learn that such a large percentage of professionals in the care sector are continuing to work outside of their contracted hours.

“While technology has opened us up to a world of opportunities, it also makes it all too easy to access emails and shared drives from home. If you’re guilty of putting in the extra hours, it could be time to take a step back and reflect on how this is impacting your life, so you can begin to make some positive changes.”

Almost three-quarters (73.1%) of the 1,200 workers consulted said an ‘always on’ culture was having a negative effect on their lives.

One in four (23.1%) said they did not think they had a good work-life balance with more than half (51%) saying they had left a previous job to being overworked.

CV-Library advised workers to avoid logging in when off duty to achieve a better life-work balance.

The recruitment business also advised carers to use their time better while at work; set themselves up better for the next day by writing a to do list so that they can switch off at home; ask for help when overworked; and to not be afraid to say no.

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