Workers are under pressure to be at their desk for longer, according to a survey

Workers are under pressure to be at their desk for longer, according to a survey

Two out of five workers felt pressured to be visible in their office in a growing trend of "presenteeism" because of the state of the economy, according to a new study.

A survey of 2,000 office employees by mobile phone giant O2 found that over one in four believed their performance was measured by the amount of time they spent at their desk.

A similar number said their line manager prevented them from working flexibly, even though staff believed it would boost their productivity.

David Plumb, of O2, said: "For many employees, flexible working has been sacrificed as a result of the growing pressure to be visible in the office.

"With so many organisations facing economic uncertainty, our research suggests large numbers of businesses are missing out on the productivity gains, improved employee and customer engagement and efficient processes that such flexible working practices can deliver.

"We have found that flexible working has different mindsets depending on if you are the employee or the employer, and that employees spending more time at their desks because they believe they have to is not going to contribute to driving UK business forward."