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Top 10 UK Industries with the Worst ‘Hustle Culture’, Research Reveals

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News Release, (2022, July 18). Top 10 UK Industries with the Worst ‘Hustle Culture’, Research Reveals. Psychreg on Organisational Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/uk-industries-worst-hustle-culture/
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Across social media, you may have come across the term hustle culture, which refers to people feeling pressured to work tirelessly to constantly make money and be productive.

But when it comes to the specific UK work industries, which ones display the most toxic hustle culture? A new study by Private Rehab Clinic Delamere reveals just this. 

Ranking each industry out of 60, the team determined the industries with the worst hustle culture, taking into account elements such as health and well-being initiatives, work-life balance and levels of workplace stress. 

First up and with the lowest score was the mining, energy and water supply industry, scoring a very poor 16.3/60. This considered factors like health and well-being, which scored this kind of work 5/10.

Regarding work/life balance, this industry ranked very poorly, achieving only 2.1/10, highlighting that there is a lot of work to be done within these kinds of jobs to improve workers’ lives. 

The manufacturing industry was 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.  

In third place was the transport and storage industry, with 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, direct customer-facing jobs 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, employers across the UK must work hard to involve themselves in the day-to-day runnings of their businesses 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 end 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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