Overwhelming workloads tip the scales on work-life balance for UK employees

Almost half of UK workers (47 percent) spend the majority of their time feeling overwhelmed by their workloads, while 85 percent say that work is causing them stress, according to research from employee experience business Qualtrics. The Qualtrics Employee Pulse is a quarterly survey of more than 4,000 employees which claims to highlight the impact of burgeoning workloads on today’s workforce and reveals better support from businesses is needed to ensure the mental wellbeing of staff.

More than half (52 percent) of the workers surveyed believe their employer does not promote a healthy work-life balance and only a third say that their managers help them to manage their workload.

The situation is worst in the North West of England, with only 49 percent of workers saying they are happy with their current work-life balance, followed by 53 percent in London and the South East. In contrast, the percentage of satisfied workers peaks at 60 percent in the North East, closely followed by 58 percent in Scotland.

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