There has been more of a focus on mental health as of late and with the busy lives in which we are leading nowadays and increased pressures at work, it leaves people feeling pulled in different directions at the same time. It comes as no surprise that more and more people are leaving their jobs due to stress. With the attention on better work-life balance and more people converting to the belief that their time matters, people are leaving their current employers in hope of finding greener less stressful pastures.
Research conducted by Citation discovered that a whopping 36% of people have left their jobs due to stress related issues. It was found that women are 10% more likely to walk away from a job due to stress compared to men and that the younger generation of 25 – 35-year olds are struggling most with stress at work. Those aged between 18 to 24-years old were most likely to fear for their career and worry about looking weak compared to 45 – 54-year olds who felt they could approach their manager with such issues. Employees over the age of 65 are notably less likely to get stressed about targets and lack of breaks.
As Brexit continues to hover over us and businesses tighten their purse strings as they focus on future survival, this in turn affects the pay of employees, workload as well as their overall happiness. For an employee, it is thinking about everyday life and pressures of work whereas employers have to focus on the future of the company and make decisions based on the economic climate and external factors. This may require redundancies and increased workloads and targets on current team members in order to stay ahead of the competitors in the market.
Worryingly, more than half (53%) of employees feel too afraid to show signs of stress at work. More than a quarter (27%) think it’ll make them look weak, one in five (18%) worry it will affect their career and the remaining 7% feel uncomfortable approaching their manager with the problem.
When asked what caused them the most stress at work:
- Workload – 36%
- Working long hours – 17%
- Managers applying too much pressure – 11%
- Targets – 9%
- Not getting on with colleagues – 7%
- Not getting enough breaks – 6%
Stress affects people differently and if not noticed and dealt with can cause problems not just for the individuals wellbeing but for the overall company. It is advised that employees speak to HR or a senior member of staff who they feel comfortable with to explain how they are feeling and if there is anything that can be done to resolve the situation and relieve the stress. For employers – stress can be hiding in your workplace so start to take note on individuals behaviours and if this has changed recently, if the employee is more agitated or quiet than usual. Spotting it early can minimise the risk of an employee leaving the business.