Half of UK Employees Under Constant Stress
A new survey conducted by ADP UK has confirmed what many of us see as a self-evident truth in the workplace – almost half of us (43%) report that their jobs entail almost constant stress. A mere 12% told researchers they never feel stressed at work, with an astonishing 88% of UK workers regular experiencing regular stress.
The survey’s alarming findings serve as a warning to us all, as excessive stress is known to be detrimental to human health, but there is some good news at least – 79% say that their employers recognise the issue and are taking steps to reduce stress levels among their staff. Not only does managing workplace stress benefit individual team members but it also delivers productivity gains to any business or organisation.
The survey also looked into attitudes towards work-life balance, with 31% saying that achieving a good equilibrium between the two tops their list of workplace drivers. The related themes of being able to work when and where we want and long-term financial benefits we listed as motivating factors by 29% and 24% respectively.
The traditional nine-to-five treadmill isn’t as popular as in the past, with 36% looking favourably on a blend of fixed and flexible working hours and 37% hoping to work in a completely flexible manner.
Annabel Jones, HR Director at ADP UK, said: “Some level of stress is part of most jobs and, at its best, can make work more dynamic. However, excessive and frequent stress is one of the biggest threats to a modern workforce, affecting staff morale, productivity and efficiency.”
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