‘Always on’ work culture sends stress levels soaring among Liverpool workers

Following major Wellness Day that took place in Liverpool this week, the CV-Library study reveals people are checking work emails last thing at night and as soon as they wake-up. Tony McDonough reports

Mental health in the workplace is an issue employers can no longer ignore


More than 90% of Liverpool professionals are replying to work-related emails and making work-related calls in their free time impacting on sleep and mental health, a new study shows.

One of the UK’s biggest independent job sites – CV-Library – has released data showing the ‘always on’ culture among professional was having a significant impact on peoples’ wellbeing.

The news comes as No 4 St Paul’s Square, in the heart of Liverpool’s business district, held a free wellness day attended by hundreds of people where a number of wellness experts offered advice and guidance.

CV-Library’s research of 1,200 UK professionals, including Liverpool, reveals more than half heck their phone for work purposes immediately before they go to sleep – and as soon as they wake up.

Respondents were also asked to share how working outside of their contracted hours has affected their life. The top problems to emerge include:

  • Poor quality of sleep – 73.7%
  • Increased stress levels – 68.4%
  • Feeling exhausted – 47.4%
  • Having a negative impact on mental health – 47%
  • Spending less time with family – 42.1%

It also found one-third have access to shared drives and workspaces, with 90% saying that they access these outside of working hours. This has lead 72.7% to agree that mobile devices are blurring the lines between our personal and our work lives.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s concerning to learn that such a large percentage of professionals in Liverpool are continuing to work outside of their contracted hours.

“While technology has opened us up to a world of opportunities, it also makes it all too easy to access emails and shared drives from home.

“If you’re guilty of putting in the extra hours, it could be time to take a step back and reflect on how this is impacting your life, so you can begin to make some positive changes.”

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