JLT Survey reveals backlog concerns for UK workers over Easter Weekend

29 March 2018

• Fourteen per cent of workers surveyed face longer hours to catch-up with work

Research carried out by JLT Employee Benefits (JLT) one of the UK’s leading employee benefit providers, has revealed that forty per cent of UK workers surveyed are concerned that the Bank Holiday weekend will cause them to fall behind in work – with many saying they will have to work longer hours to catch-up.

Of the 111 people that took part in the survey, 80 said that they were taking the whole four days off over the Easter period, with 21 enjoying an extended break of over a week or more. Only ten respondents said they weren’t taking any time off over the Bank Holiday weekend.

But despite being away from the workplace, 34 per cent (38) of those taking the full four days off admitted that they would be checking their work emails, with ten per cent (11) saying they would be prepared to check their work emails if required.

Disappointingly, most of those that took part in the survey expressed concern over the effect of the Bank Holiday on their workload. Forty per cent (44) admitted that it would result in them falling behind with their work, with 14 per cent (15) saying they would have to work longer hours to catch-up. Nine per cent (10) said the resulting backlog in their work load would cause them stress.

Adrian Humphreys, Group Risk and Health Director for JLT Employee Benefits, said: ‘Employees coming back to a large backlog in their work can feel stressed and disengaged as they struggle to see how they can get on top of their workload. As part of a robust wellness programme, employers can help by simple time management training courses and arranging non-critical meetings outside common return to work weeks.

‘It is amazing how making small and seemingly simple adjustments in the workplace can have a positive impact on health and productivity, and a good Health Risk Assessment (HRA) scheme will allow employers to monitor workplace stress and deal with problems such as return to work bottlenecks with far greater ease.’

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Corinne Gladstone
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
About the survey
The survey was carried out on the JLT Employee Benefits website as well as across social media. 111 people responded.
About Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Jardine Lloyd Thompson is one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. JLT’s client proposition is built upon its deep specialist knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and service excellence.

JLT is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and owns offices in 41 countries with more than 10,600 employees. Supported by the JLT International Network, it offers risk management and employee benefit solutions in 135 countries.

For further information about JLT, please visit our website www.jlt.com.

About JLT Employee Benefits
JLT Employee Benefits is one of the UK’s leading employee benefit providers offering a wide range of benefit and pension services, including administration, actuarial and pension consultancy, investment, Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) and Small Self Administered Schemes (SSASs) administration, flexible benefits, healthcare, benefit communication and financial education.

JLT Employee Benefits employs over 2,200 professionals throughout the UK and in 2015 had revenues of £167.4m in UK & Ireland.

Pensions and employee benefits companies within the JLT Employee Benefits group of companies include: JLT Benefit Solutions Ltd, Profund Solutions Limited, JLT Wealth Management Limited, JLT Investment Management Limited and Independent Trustee Services Limited. JLT Employee Benefits is part of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc.