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Microsoft Survey: Always on takes its toll

Microsoft is advising UK employers to address the risks of an ‘always on’ working culture following a survey that highlighted high levels of work-induced anxiety amongst office workers.

In a survey of 2,000 employees coinciding with the launch of the company’s new Surface devices, 86% of respondents said they had experienced anxiety due to the pressure of work in the last 12 months; 87% say they have trouble switching off and sleeping (86%); and 79% experience feelings of failure.

More than half (56%) regularly answer work calls out of hours and 33% claim they don’t have enough time to spend with their family.

Despite such concerns, just 23% of organisations regularly implement initiatives to improve employee well-being, and, while 50% of respondents work for organisations that offer flexible working, only 17% of UK employees are actively encouraged to work remotely.


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