Stress at work

Six million employees in Britain suffer from sleepless nights due to workplace stress, a recent study has found. Apparently, the stress is caused by high workloads or burn out. The survey of 2,000 people also found that men experienced fewer stress-related issues at work than women – as over two-fifths of women battled heavy workloads or stress, compared to just 38% of men.

Those most affected by work anxieties were 25-to-34-year-olds, with over a quarter saying work issues affected their sleep every week. In contrast, only one in 10 employees over 55 say work affects their sleep, despite over a fifth facing heavy workloads at some point over the past year.

However, 35-to-44-year-olds suffered most from work related anxieties, with over half experiencing high-levels of stress and overwhelming workloads in the past 12 months.
However, when employees aren’t as productive as they could be, it’s usually the organisation, not the individual, who is at fault. Improving communication and encouraging team working can assist in reducing the feeling of burn out. Employers who have high levels of absence through stress should consider undertaking an employee engagement survey to get to the root of the problem.

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