The stereotype image of the youth of today is that they are lazy, idle and feckless.
A survey, which questioned more than 1,000 UK office workers on how much overtime they do, found that on average 16-to 24-year-olds clock up an extra seven hours and 22 minutes each week, two hours more than office staff aged over 55. The results also show that 11% of 16- to 24-year-olds work more than 20 hours overtime each week.
Bev White, managing director of people management business is not surprised, “In general it’s more competitive for young people to get jobs. People are trying to prove themselves because of that ‘always on’ mentality,” she says. With employment opportunities for young people still thin on the ground, employees might be tempted to make themselves available 24/7.