Key 20 things to impress your boss – and list of hardest jobs in country

Being a “hard worker” is demonstrated by lending a helping hand to coworkers when necessary, never missing a deadline, and offering for extra work.

Having a thorough to-do list, arriving early and remaining late, and offering to attend as many meetings as possible are other indications that your manager is impressed with you.

Eight out of ten office workers surveyed in the survey believe they work as hard as they can every day. The survey included 2,000 individuals.

A third of them do so out of respect for their supervisor, a similar percentage do so because they enjoy their jobs, and 42% “thrive” on being busy.

Six out of ten adults believe that people in the medical or healthcare industry work harder than everyone else, as evidenced by the nationwide weekly applause, according to research commissioned by working animal charity SPANA.

Nurses were deemed to have the hardest job in the country, followed by doctors, paramedics – and police officers.

Other jobs people 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.

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“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.

“These working horses, donkeys, camels and elephants toil for long hours, carrying backbreaking loads, with little rest and no holidays or retirement.”

The study also found 35 per cent of adults think firefighters have the hardest job in the country, while a quarter believe social workers have it toughest.

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.

Geoffrey Dennis added: “For the most part, if we feel we’re working too hard we can have a screen break, take some annual leave, or stop for a cup of tea.

“Most people have colleagues they can turn to on tougher days to help pick them up too.

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“However, there is little or no support on offer for working animals and their owners in the world’s poorest communities.

“They are among the world’s hardest workers – often undertaking exhausting work, in extreme temperatures and dangerous environments, with inadequate food and water.

“But, a life of work shouldn’t mean a life of suffering.

“That is why SPANA is working hard to improve the welfare of working animals around the world – providing vital veterinary care to sick and injured animals, along with  education and training for owners in how to better look after their animals.”


1. Nurse

2. Doctor

3. Paramedic

4. Police officer

5. Firefighter

6. Surgeon

7. Healthcare worker

8. Bomb disposal engineer

9. Farmer

10. Prison warden

11. Social worker

12. Miner

13. Teacher

14. Care home assistant

15. Search and rescue worker

16. Hazardous waste removal worker

17. Builder

18. Oil / gas rig worker

19. Sewer cleaner

20. Asbestos removal operative


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

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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

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