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Employees not taking breaks

Published: Thursday, 27 September 2007   Category: Life after graduation

British workers, including graduate employees, are working longer hours and not taking enough breaks, researchers have revealed.

A study by Legal & General suggests that 23 per cent of Britons never take breaks from work and a further seven per cent do not take holiday time.

In addition, almost a quarter of respondents were unhappy with the balance between work and play with one in five claiming that they work to many hours.

Responding to the findings, Dr John Delfosse, company medical officer for the firm said: "Work is very important to many people providing purpose, self-worth and fulfilment, but for some, particularly those with heavy work responsibilities, they may become absorbed in their daily routine and so do not take timeout for themselves during the day.

"This can lead to increased pressure and stress, which if prolonged may take its toll on a workers physical and mental wellbeing. This in turn may result in a range of health problems such as heart disease, back pain and gastrointestinal problems."

The research also suggests that 22 per cent of respondents are put under stress by their daily routines.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18296517-ADNFCR

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