Two in five think their workload is ‘unmanageable’ due to staff shortages

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By Alan Jones, PA Industry Correspondent

Two in five employees think their workload is “unmanageable” amid continued staff shortages, according to a new study.

Almost half of the 1,000 workers surveyed said they wanted to see additional staff hired to ease the pressure.

Totaljobs said a separate survey of 2,500 managers indicated that half of companies are confident they will hire staff in the next three months.

Jobs most in demand in recent weeks included sales and IT, taking up to six weeks to fill, according to the report.

Jon Wilson, Managing Director of Totaljobs, said: “It is clear that the number of vacancies is starting to be felt by workers, with many feeling the impact of an unmanageable workload.

“This, combined with the ongoing anxiety and tension caused by the cost of living crisis, means that the well-being of workers is a priority, and companies must do their part to create an environment where people feel that their voices are heard and their sanity cared for.”

He added: “As employers make great strides in offering wellbeing initiatives, skills shortages mean many workers will continue to feel the pressure of empty seats on their teams.

“As a result, employers will focus on reducing their time to hire, while supporting existing staff who may take on higher workloads in the interim.”

Ryan Exley, from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, said: ‘Worker shortages do not and should not mean worker neglect.

“Whether organizations are struggling to recruit, or are facing financial difficulties and need to cut expenses, it is vital for their business/organization and their staff to ensure the safety of those who work for them.”

Ryan added: ‘The last thing we want is to see any employer facing a worker shortage ‘sleepwalking’ into a health and safety nightmare scenario where ‘getting out’ with a hand- reduced workforce then turns into a “new normal” that puts its staff at long-term risk.

“Continuing to operate with fewer workers can maximize profits, but could create pressure to cut corners and compromise safety, severely damaging workers’ mental health in the meantime.”

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