British tradespeople are some of the hardest working in the country. Research conducted by Direct Line for Business has found that around 8 out of 10 tradespeople skip meals during working hours and 73% of them admit to not getting enough exercise.
But it can be hard to draw the line between productivity and burning out. What are the warning signs that you’re burning the candle at both ends, and may eventually need more than a builder’s tea to get going again?
In the same study, it was discovered that 70% of British tradespeople work unpaid overtime hours. This hard-working bunch are collectively working £4.8 million in unpaid overtime every year. They complete 5.29 hours of additional unpaid work per week. This adds up to around £1,702 of lost income per year. Although some of this over-working may simply be result of circumstances beyond their control, there’s some ways to mitigate against the risks of over-tiredness.
Knowing one’s limits and upholding the principles of work-life balance are a great start. Give yourself permission to take time out to revitalise and repair mind and body. Contrary to popular belief, human beings aren’t well oiled machines that can continuously function and produce exceptional work without enough rest. The ingredients of a well-balanced life include a minimum of eight hours rest every night, exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day four times per week, and a well-balanced diet.
The dangers of overwork are hard to ignore. It could result in losing contracts or reputation due to poor performance as well as accidents. Tiredness can mean that your work doesn’t meet health, safety and regulatory requirements. However, the main reason to pay attention to overworking with no proper kip, is that this eventually takes its toll on your health.
Henry Ford initially championed the idea of the 40 hour working week in the 1920s. He found that working more than 40 hours per week is costly, dangerous, and is causes workers to make mistakes
Whether you work long hours, or are able to strike a healthy work-life balance, it makes sense to consider tradesmen insurance. This will protect you and your clients should you make a mistake at work.