New research reveals that work is damaging working Brits’ mental and physical health


A survey carried out by OnePoll found that one in five respondents cite their workload as having a negative impact on their health. Respondents state their jobs have caused them to suffer from depression and other stress-related illnesses.

According to the research by staffing app Coople, an additional 30% of respondents said work has made them unhappy and stressed, whilst more than a quarter (26%) say their job causes arguments with their partner – 8% of which say work has been the major factor in the breakdown of their relationship.

It also revealed that over half of Brits (51%) have attributed their lacklustre social life to their work commitments. From this, 28% of Brits have stated working late, 18% responding to emails out of hours and 10% picking up calls outside of their hours.

The survey highlighted that the most important thing to Brits is a positive work life balance (54%) above all else in their jobs, including money and benefits.

Furthermore, a recent CIPD study also found that 37% of respondents stated they felt under excessive pressure at work at least once a week. It found that flexible workers are much less likely to report being under excessive pressure than people who don’t have flexibility in their role.

Jacques de la Bouillerie, MD of Coople, commented: “Britain’s current work model is broken and it’s unsettling to learn of its ramifications on employee health and wellbeing.

“Flexible working is the solution - small changes like allowing employees to work flexible hours where possible, can make the world of difference to employee fitness, happiness and welfare, as well as increasing productivity.'