Managers are working an extra 44 days a year over and above their contracted hours, according to research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Of the 1,037 managers polled, the average boss puts in one extra day each week. This is an extra 7.5 hours beyond their contracted weekly hours (44.4 hours actual compared to 37.3 contracted), adding up to an extra 43.8 days over the course of the year.
This is up from 39.6 days in 2015.
Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy at the CMI, says: “Despite the jump in hours, we remain a lot less productive than our European counterparts in France and Germany, where they work shorter weeks. Improving managers’ quality of working life should be every employer’s New Year’s resolution to boost productivity. This means encouraging managers to switch-off, helping them to deal with the pressure, and giving them the training and support they need to perform.”
Long hours are having a detrimental effect on the wellbeing of managers. One in ten managers said they took time off for mental health in the last year, and for those who do take time out, it’s for an average of 12 days.
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