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Building bosses at breaking point

NEWS - Quality of Working Life survey uncovers major sense of humour failure and productivity loss due to increased pressures

CONSTRUCTION managers are constantly at breaking point, with more than half admitting to losing their temper too easily and a third suffering a permanent sense of humour failure.

Constantly narked bosses are just one of the problems unearthed in a survey by the Chartered Management Institute.

Researchers found that two-thirds admit to being unproductive for at least 20 per cent of their working time due to poor health.

And the Quality of Working Life survey found that 60 per cent of construction managers had suffered worsening health due to the pressure of work dur ing the past 12 months.

The institute said the increased pressure of work had led to ever increasing fatigue, with more than half the construction managers quizzed complaining of constant tiredness and bouts of insomnia.

But the survey also showed that only one in three people report stress-induced symptoms to line managers.

Jo Causon, director of professional affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, said: 'The evidence suggests the health of the UK workforce may be even worse, since many respondents admit they don't always report illness.

It is a worrying trend, particularly as the same managers suggest health issues are becom ing more important.' The institute is calling on contractors to recognise the seriousness of ill-health and to deal with it before it affects productivity.

Ms Causon said: 'Senior managers accept that employees' health is important, but in most cases they are driven by defensive concerns such as compliance or avoiding lit igat ion.

'Less than half think in terms of the impact on productivity and this is a major concern, because workplace health clearly has a link to organisational wealth.

'While nearly all organisations have general health and safety policies in place, very few actually focus on managing illness.

'And even where they do exist there is a distinct lack of action.'