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The record numbers of unpaid overtime being clocked up by British workers could be damaging to organisations, impacting employee engagement and damaging productivity.

The Trades Union Congress' (TUC) latest Work Your Proper Hours Day report found that over 5.4 million workers put in around £640m worth of unpaid hours every week in 2013 the biggest yearly increase since records began in 1998.

This was largely attributed to the pressure on businesses and the jobs market that had been created by the UK's economic recovery.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady highlighted the risks of presenteesim, saying that while staff didn't mind putting in a few extra hours during busy periods, problems were likely to arise when occasional extra hours become the norm.

Bosses who encourage long hours at work needed to re-think their approach as stressed, over-worked staff are often unhappy and unproductive, she said.

Employee engagement, motivation and wellbeing are essential factors in boosting productivity, and areas where employers could make a significant difference by providing support, creating the right culture, and offering the right reward.

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