Pressures rise in shift to 24-hour working

The shift towards a 24-hour society is leading to extended operating hours
in an increasing number of organisations, according to a report from Incomes
Data Services.

IDS says such pressures will grow further with moves by the Government to
allow pubs and restaurants to open round the clock and make public services
more accessible out of normal office hours. This could have serious
consequences for health and, family life.

Evidence from the US suggests that marital breakdown and divorce rates
increase by up to six times when one partner works at night.

But the report also says that while 24-hour society may be an inevitable consequence
of economic change and technical innovation, it does not mean that everyone
needs to work round the clock.


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