A third of UK employees feel expected to be on call 24/7

Furthermore, it shows that 40 per cent of UK employees think that they are underperforming if they do not respond to phone calls and emails straight away, whether in the office or at home reports The Recruiter.

Meanwhile, one in five respondents commented that workloads mean they have to respond to messages even during meetings, and half reported that they felt they had to deal with work-related matters outside of office hours.

Mark Bull, chief executive, Randstad UK and Middle East, comments: “Organisations face a challenge to ensure that their workforces remain motivated and do not suffer from information overload. There is a real danger that spread thin Britain could well turn into burn out Britain.”