More than 90% of managers work more than their contracted weekly hours, according to research from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

Nearly two thirds (65%) of respondents to the ILM’s survey reported pressure to work overtime, while 44% said they were under pressure from their boss.

The survey of more than 1,000 ILM members found that the most common ways to put in extra hours were working late (76%), working through lunch (48%) and working weekends (38%).

The key findings from the survey were:

  • 53% said they needed to work extra hours to complete their workloads
  • 47% work at least one extra day (7.5 hours) per week
  • 13% said they worked more than 15 extra hours
  • 13% said they were pleased with their work/life balance