Longer hours ahead for stressed-out British workers

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One in four people plan to work longer hours in the next six months, with one in eight intending to take a second job despite rising stress levels.

According to research from Friends Provident, two-thirds of Brits say they feel more stressed, rundown and prone to sickness than they did three years ago.

Furthermore, 11 per cent say the main source of their stress is work, with bosses and colleagues being to blame and it was also found that on average, people work seven hours of unpaid overtime every week

Mark Jones, head of protection at Friends Provident, said: "These are tense times and working longer – often for little or no financial reward – will add to people's stress levels."

He added that poor diet and lack of exercise were likely to exacerbate the problem, which could lead to long-term health issues.

Today (November 5th) is National Stress Awareness Day, which is supported by the Health and Safety Executive.

Companies and employees are being encouraged to work together to reduce levels of work-related stress, which cost 13.8 million working days in 2006/07.

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