39% of workers spending extra time at the office

MORE than a third of workers spend longer in the office than they need to in an effort to impress their manager, according to a poll.

Research found that 39 per cent of workers regularly stayed late or arrived early during the past year in a bid to seem more dedicated than their colleagues.

More than a quarter (26 per cent) said they consistently worked longer days than they needed to in order to do their job more effectively, according to the poll by officebroker.com.

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Employees were most likely to put in longer hours at the office when a pay review was imminent, a new boss had been appointed or redundancies had been announced. Staff working extended hours were found to be doing an extra hour or two hours a day, adding a minimum of half a day more to their working week.

A spokesman for officebroker.com, which helps small businesses, said: “What our research has found is that many workers are doing it in a bid to improve their office image and win favour, rather than because their workload demands it.

“People are sitting idle in their office in a bid to stand out from their colleagues and impress their bosses. This means a poorer work-life balance and ultimately no productivity gains for the firm, just increasingly tired workers, which benefits nobody.”