Nearly a half of office workers intentionally spend long hours in the office in an attempt to impress their manager and rise up the career ladder, a poll has shown. However, this extra work has no effect on productivity and can have a detrimental effect on home life.
This research, by officebroker.com, found that 43% of workers regularly arrived early or stayed late during this year, in a bid to seem more dedicated to their career than colleagues. Over a quarter said they regularly worked longer days than actually needed in order to do their job efficiently.
Employees are filling their time emailing friends, playing computer games, browsing the internet and doing menial, non-urgent tasks. They are even more likely to stay longer at work when a new boss had been appointed or when a pay or career review is imminent or redundancies are expected.
Employees working extra hours were found to be committing between an hour and two hours extra a day, adding a minimum of half a day extra to their working week, solely to impress their managers and help them move forward on their career path.