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Apparently, these are the signs that someone is a hard worker…

Helping colleagues when you don’t need to, never missing a deadline – and volunteering for more are signs you’re a ‘hard worker’, according to research.

Other signs you’re impressing your boss include having a comprehensive To Do list, getting in early and staying late, and offering to go to boring meetings.

The poll of 2,000 office workers also found eight in 10 of those polled think they toil as hard as they possibly can, every single day. One in three do so because they respect their boss, and the same amount just love their work – while 42 per cent ‘thrive’ on being busy.

The research, commissioned by working animal charity SPANA, found six in 10 adults think those in the medical or healthcare field work harder than anyone else, as shown by the weekly applause across the nation. Nurses were deemed to have the hardest job in the country, followed by doctors, paramedics – and police officers.

Other jobs people in Britain believe are harder than any others include farmers, prison wardens and social workers. Just under one in 10 think traffic wardens have the hardest job in the country, while 17 per cent think sewage workers work harder than anyone else.

Geoffrey Dennis, chief executive of SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries worldwide, said: “It will come as no surprise that nurses, doctors and paramedics are among those deemed to have the hardest jobs in the country, especially during the very difficult times we are currently facing as a nation.

‘‘In general, most Brits think they work hard each day – and most people are very dedicated in their professional lives. However, thankfully, our working conditions in the UK are usually good and labour laws exist to protect workers. Sadly, it’s a very different situation for working animals overseas, which endure gruelling working conditions every day.”

However, while the majority of those polled believe themselves to be hard workers, only four in 10 think they work harder than everyone else they know. Around 15 per cent of the working population believe they work over and above their working hours every day of the week. And six in 10 think they deserve much higher pay than they get, for the amount of effort they put in.

But seven in 10 full-time employees find their job much more mentally demanding than exacting a physical toll, while a fifth think the work they do is equally taxing in their mind and their body.

1. Helping colleagues when you don’t need to
2. Always meeting deadlines
3. Volunteering for work
4. Always getting everything done on your to-do list
5. Getting through more work than anyone else
6. Getting in early
7. Staying late
8. Keeping a to-do list
9. Never procrastinating
10. Volunteering for meetings
11. Going in when you’re sick
12. Never taking days off
13. Working at weekends
14. Staying late even when you don’t have anything to do
15. Always checking emails on evenings and weekends
16. You don’t chat at work
17. Checking emails when on holiday
18. You don’t use all of your annual leave
19. Never taking a lunch break
20. Taking your laptop home every night