Returning to work in 2012

Returning to work in 2012

Posted on 19/03/2013 by Phil Hall


Work fear’ sweeps nation as Britons dream of changing careers

As millions of Britons return to the rat race after the festive break, a new survey suggests more than half will dream about turning their hobby into a new career with two thirds gripped by “work fear” over their current jobs.

Back in the rat race: Two thirds of workers want to turn their hobbies into a job in 2012 to avoid the drudgery of day-to-day work.

As workers battle the wind and rain to turn up at work on Tuesday there will be plenty wishing they had a completely different job to go to with the majority dreaming they could turn their weekend hobbies – such as photography, fitness and cooking – into a new job this year.

The yearning to escape the drudgery of work stems partly from Britons feeling overworked and underpaid; as 40pc of workers do not take a lunch break and a similar number work an extra five hours per week on top of their paid hours, the findings revealed.

The survey of 2,000 workers by training provider Lifetime also found just a third of British workers stick to their contracted working hours, with more than one in 10 working six days per week leaving only one day for rest and relaxation.

Nor does the work stop when Britons leave the office; one in three employees regularly check work emails during their spare time and 63pc say work worries creep into their weekends.

One in four admitted to pulling a “sickie” to escape the daily grind of working life with Mondays proving the most popular day to call in sick. Lack of motivation came out as the top reason for sick days in the UK, aside from genuine illness, with almost half of workers saying that they would take less time off work if they felt valued and relied upon by their colleagues.


By Louisa Peacock, Jobs editor