CONSTRUCTION workers are overworked and burnt out, a survey by recruitment specialist Hudson has shown.
The research, conducted over the past six months, shows that a third of workers have experienced emotional or physical exhaustion and 39 per cent had trouble sleeping.
Hudson quizzed workers and employers across all parts of the industry and discovered there was a worrying level of ignorance among company chiefs about the workloads of their employees.
While 94 per cent believe burnout exists as a real workplace issue, just 38 per cent admit it is present in their own organisation.
Hudson director Paul Dixon said: 'Working long hours and being available 24/7 is becoming mandatory for many construction workers. In a highly pressured work environment it is crucial workers have high concentration levels and are able to maintain a healthy work /life balance.' Employers were asked how they could combat the situation. Most agreed that building better support networks, providing better guidance and helping employees gain better skills in the workplace would help ease the problem.