Our largest ever work place survey reveals that what you, the Men's Health reader, want most of all is to find that elusive happy medium between your career and your free time. here's how it's done.
PART 1 THE PROBLEM
In The last few months we've become quite the office snoop. We've earwigged on chats at the water-cooler, canvassed opinions on the quiet and read emails over your shoulder. Our survey of more than 1,000 men turned the angle poise lamp on every aspect of your working life and illuminated some key areas.
There's good news: the majority of you are happy with your jobs. Despite the endless portents of economic doom, the professional mood is overwhelmingly positive. An encouraging 70% of you are working in the industry you want to be in and over two-thirds feel secure in your current position.
It's statistically at odds With the gloomy picture painted by the Press. "Employment is falling and unemployment is already higher than during the 2008-9 recession," says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The UK's jobless total may be riding high, but when the going gets tough, the Men's Health man-quite clearly-gets going. Despite the fact that half of you received no pay rise last year, it seems you're pretty content with your nine-to-five.
There is a problem, though. What worries you is that your work doesn't actually fit in the hours between 9am and 5pm. It's eating into the time put aside for the rest of your life. Pressure to perform means that 59% of you admit to often taking work home, 60% check your phone the second it sounds and 83% even check their emails at least once a day when supposedly 'on holiday'.