1 in 4 people work without taking a break.
One in four people are risking their health by working through the day without a break, according to a new survey. Heavy workloads mean that a third also say that they take no lunch, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) found.
The organisation warns that other bad habits, such as working in the same position for too long and going to work when ill or stressed, damage health.
Long-term back pain, obesity, depression, heart disease, and stroke could be the result, it warns.
It called on staff and employers to adopt healthier working practices.
Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP said: “Physiotherapists are concerned that overworking and not taking breaks is actually costing employers and their staff.
“Employees pay the price with their health and there is a cost to employers in reduced productivity and performance.
“Work is good for us and can contribute to physical and mental wellbeing – but not when overworking means people don’t have the time or energy to look after their own health or when staff are at work but are not fit for work.”
Ben Willmott, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, agreed.
He said: “These findings should ring alarm bells for employers.
“A certain level of pressure at work is of course desirable.
“However when the pressure people face regularly exceeds their ability to cope, in other words stress, it is likely to lead to time off work and is linked to conditions such as depression, anxiety and heart disease.”