Study: Many people working extra out-of-office hours

Employers could face compensation claims on the grounds of both mental and physical problems caused by overworking.

That is if the findings of new research from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) are anything to go by, as this has found that many professionals are working more than two hours extra every evening on top of their standard shifts.

According to this study, which involved questioning 2,000 office workers across the UK, some 64 per cent of individuals continue carrying out tasks on their smartphones and other devices after they leave their workplace.

On average, these people work an additional 138 minutes every day - and the CSP, a body established in 1894, indicated this is putting people at risk of physical and mental burnout.

Indeed, 66 per cent of employees admitted they are currently suffering with ill health due to their job.

Dr Helena Johnson, chair of the CSP, observed: "While doing a bit of extra work at home may seem like a good short-term fix, if it becomes a regular part of your routine then it can lead to problems such as back and neck problems, as well as stress-related illness."

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20/06/2012 16:48