Hustle culture refers to people feeling pressured to work tirelessly to make money and be productive.
Taking into account elements such as health and well-being initiatives, work-life balance and levels of workplace stress, each industry received a total score out of 60 and was ranked from worst to best.
The health and social care industry scored an overall ranking of 23.5/60 in the study. With levels of workplace stress being at 56.30% for this line of work, there is no wonder there have been recent Government inquiries into workforce burnout in the NHS and social care.
Furthermore, with average working hours per week scoring a staggering 7.1/10, this only supports the claim that healthcare professionals find themselves in a toxic hustle culture.
The mining, energy and water supply industry is ranked first for the most toxic hustle culture, with a bad overall score of 16.3/60. With a health and well-being score of 5/10, a work/life balance score of 2.1/10 and a 1.4/10 score for the average working hours of 35.8 hours per week, it’s no wonder this industry scored so low. Not to mention that levels of workplace stress were recorded as high as 51.50%, scoring this industry 6.4/10 in this category.
The manufacturing industry is in second place, with a less than glamorous score of 17.7/60. However, a health and well-being score of 1.4/10 and a work/life balance score of 2.1/10 were very telling when it came to an understanding of the toxicity of this industry, as well as a 1.4/10 when it came to average working hours per week.
Coming just above healthcare in third place is the transport industry, scoring an overall ranking of 20.7/60. With many people blaming delays and cancellations on transport workers, stress levels are guaranteed to be high, with 52.40% of people in this industry admitting to feelings of overwhelming pressure.
Martin Preston, chief executive and founder at Delamere, shared his thoughts on this matter: ‘There will, unfortunately, always be more toxicity in certain environments than others. For example, jobs that involve direct customer-facing will usually be more stressful than those with no contact with the public.’
‘Many people that work in retail and hospitality will be made to feel that something that was out of control was, in fact, their fault, all because they are the ones that are the faces of the business.’
‘To combat this, it is essential that employers across the UK work hard to involve themselves in the day-to-day runnings of their companies, to let their employees know that the work is not falling solely on their shoulders.’
‘It would also make a huge difference to offer more breaks throughout the day so that people that have been sucked into the negative mindset of hustle culture are forced to rest for a while. Another helpful factor for employers to consider would be to put an end to messaging about work outside of working hours, to encourage the mindset that once the working day is done, the employees can relax.’
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