Staff put health at risk by working extra hours to beat credit crunch

Employees are risking their health by working longer hours in a bid to fight the credit crunch, research from financial services firm Friends Provident has revealed.

Of more than 2,700 adults surveyed, one in four said they planned to work longer hours over the next six months, while one in eight intended to take on a second job.

Yet almost two-thirds said they felt more stressed, run down and prone to illness than they did three years ago, and more than one in 10 blamed the majority of stress on work.

The Britain Under Pressure report, published today as part of National Stress Awareness Day, also revealed that more than a quarter of people put more time in at work when they were concerned about money in the past.

Mark Jones, head of protection at Friends Provident, said: “Our research shows the credit crunch is having serious implications on the nation’s workforce, with people working and worrying more.

“These are tense times, and working longer – often for little or no financial reward – will add to people’s stress levels.”

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