Britons are working late nightsOne in four UK employees are taking their work to bed with them, which may be due to the stress many people are feeling as a result of the recession.

Research from CREDANT Technologies reveals that a quarter of people take their laptop to the bedroom with the aim of continuing work, with 57 per cent of these doing so for two and six hours every week.

And eight per cent admit to spending more time using their mobile handsets in the evenings than talking to their partners.

Commenting on the findings, Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said: “Employers need to keep their staff well informed, reassure them and keep morale up as far as possible.”

He added that in-house support or employee assistance programmes should also be offered – potentially by HR professionals – to workers who are having difficulty dealing with this stress.