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Monday, July 26, 1999 Published at 07:43 GMT 08:43 UK


More sex please, we're British

Workers are fed up of long hours and no private life

Employees in the UK are finding that stressful working conditions are interfering with their sex lives, according to a new survey.

In a turnaround from the "get rich quick" ethos of the 1980s, workers have complained working from dawn till dusk has a big effect on their health and happiness.

The BBC's Jonty Bloom: "One in three suffer due to work"
And the outcome for employers can be serious, the report warns - of 2,000 people questioned, almost half said they would switch jobs to get what they wanted.

Some 40% said because of stress at work they would be looking for a new job in the coming year.

[ image: It wasn't like this in the days of Margaret Thatcher]
It wasn't like this in the days of Margaret Thatcher
Long hours make one in three people turn to drink, while one in 10 succumbs to therapy or counselling, said the survey for business magazine Management Today.

More than half of those questioned said they often suffered stress at work.

One third said their health was suffering, while a quarter said their sex lives were impaired thanks to working long hours.

Lack of recognition for a job well done was also given as a reason for moving jobs.

"Instead of watching good people leap from job to job in a bid to 'get a life', employers need to confront this change in expectations and adapt the workplace to prevent the strain drain," said Penny de Valk of consultants Ceridian Performance Partners, which helped conduct the research.

But it was not all bad news for bosses, she said.

Workers had revealed how management could keep them happy - by providing challenging jobs, recognition of effort and a healthy balance between work and private life.

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