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1 November 2016
Stress overload in the workplace

Each and every one of us has experienced some form of stress at work. Even those who love their job can still experience a bad day when it all gets too much. Employers need to be aware of the levels of stress their employees are under and be able to manage it accordingly.

New research from CV-Library, has revealed that over half of workers (53.2%) report that stress is an issue in their current workplace, and nearly two thirds (61.9%) believe that their employer looks down on workers who get stressed.

The study, which surveyed 1,200 UK workers, highlighted that 57.4% of employees believe that their manager does not offer support to help them manage stress at work. The research showed that bad management is the biggest cause of stress at work (65.8%), followed by:

  • Low morale within the workplace (38.1%)

  • Unfriendly colleagues (35.7%)

  • Heavy workloads (34.1%)

  • Long working hours (29.3%)

  • Poor work/life balance (25.5%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said:

“Our findings reveal the true extent of workplace stress across UK organisations and the impact that poor management has on workers’ wellbeing. As a nation, we are battling with heavier workloads and longer working hours and this is resulting in a poor work/life balance for many. While it can be difficult to take a step back from work, especially with an increasing amount of technology at our fingertips, creating a balance between our professional and personal lives is important.”

“For employers, high stress levels not only impact overall productivity, but can also place organisations in a compromising position, as workers under a great amount of strain are more likely to turn on their heels and look for a better working environment elsewhere. This makes it more important than ever for management teams to take on the responsibility for keeping their staff happy and productive in the workplace and help to alleviate some of the pressures that their employees are facing.”

It is important that we remain supportive of those affected by stress and pay close attention to the warning signs. It will help companies retain members of staff if they are seen to be actively supporting those under stress as well as attract new talent. This is crucial for all companies to do, especially leading up to Christmas.

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