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Tech-fuelled workload causing rising stress for managers, study finds

Managers are suffering rising levels of stress amid a burgeoning workload fuelled by technology, a study has found.

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A survey of more than 1,500 managers found that most were putting in an extra 29 days a year, cancelling out their annual leave.

Four out of five of those polled by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) said they worked at least an additional hour every day, rising to three hours for one in 10.

Those working long hours were three times more likely to feel stressed, while managers who find it difficult to switch off reported lower productivity levels.

Most managers said they always checked emails and reported a link between working long hours and suffering health problems or potential burnout.

Ann Francke, chief executive of the CMI, said: “There’s nothing wrong with hard graft, but only if you’re well supported. Accidental managers who lack the professional skills to deal with the causes of burnout are a threat to their health and others’ at work.

“Productivity will also continue to suffer unless employers train their managers to prevent overwork and strike the necessary work/life balance.

“Most of us are comfortable with the idea that a modern workplace requires us to occasionally pitch in out of hours.

“But the ‘always on’ culture must be switched off, with line managers encouraged to support an ‘always willing’ mindset that reflects the give and take necessary for a higher quality of working life.”