British workforce "haunted by work", with more than a quarter missing every lunch break

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Original research from Bruce Daisley, author of 'The Joy of Work' and popular podcaster, has found that two-thirds of Brits cannot switch off from work responsibilities, and are more stressed about it than ever before.

As the British workforce returns to the office, 530 full-time workers aged 25 to 54 were surveyed, and the results were eye-opening. It comes ahead of Blue Monday, said by many to be the most depressing day of the year, which occurs on January 20th.

Daisley has recently stepped down as EMEA VP at Twitter UK, and presents the Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast. He's also author of 2019's bestselling business hardback, 'The Joy of Work'.

His research found that two-thirds of workers missed at least one lunch break a week due to work, with 28% saying they never even get one over the course of the week. 

What's more, the average Brit is spending 10.5 hours a week in meetings. More than one in 20 workers spend eight or more hours every single day in meetings.

Most strikingly, however, is the finding of just how many are plagued by stress away from their desks. 65% say they sometimes or always struggle to disconnect from thoughts of work during evenings and weekends.

Commenting on the findings, Daisley said: “We’ve known work was making us more miserable than ever before, and now we know the culprits. Too much eating lunch al desko and endless meetings. It’s leaving lots of us haunted by work in our evenings and weekends”.