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4 April 2018
Work is the number one stress factor

It may come as no surprise, but the latest report conducted by Perkbox ‘2018 UK Workplace Stress Report’ found that work is by far the most common cause of stress (59%) for working adults. You’re probably saying ‘Well yeah!’, but this is not good news for both employees and bosses. According to a study of 3,000 UK workers, almost one in two (45%) of British businesses do not offer anything to help support this. We always focus on company culture and workplace perks, but for many of us, we don’t receive anything except a wage at the end of the month and maybe a Christmas meal paid for at the end of the year.

Despite the facts, 1 in 4 (25%) struggle to be as productive at work when stressed, and almost the same number find themselves disengaged with work as a result of feeling overwhelmed. The report revealed that 1 in 10 (10%) of us will call in sick due to stress, while 7% will jump ship and look for a new job.

The report highlighted which industries are the least likely to offer measures to help staff deal with their stress levels:

  1. Hospitality – 64%
  2. Leisure industry – 63%
  3. Transport – 55%
  4. Trades (e.g. plumbing, construction) – 54%
  5. Health and education (joint) – 45%

The findings above claim that s 64% of workers in the hospitality industry are the least likely to provide any kind of guidance or aid to help employees deal with stress followed by the leisure industry.

Chieu Cao, CMO & Co-Founder at Perkbox, said:

“It’s worrying to see how few businesses seem to be considering stress levels within their workforce their problem. And it is particularly ironic to see that almost 1 in 2 workers within the healthcare industry say their bosses do not do offer anything to help them alleviate stress levels.

Chieu continues:

“This can have hugely damaging effects on morale, productivity and sickness absence – all of which ultimately contribute to a company’s overall success – and it is important for bosses to recognise the contribution that work makes to employee stress levels.

“Introducing measures that help to reduce stress or encourage positive coping methods need not be particularly involved or expensive – even free things as simple as introducing flexible working, considering requests to work from home from time to time, or enforcing 1-2-1s with managers, to allow employees to discuss concerns and motivations, can go a long way to help. But ultimately, measures which tackle staff stress head-on work best – including gym membership or exercise classes, discounted or complimentary counselling and mental health services and even spa vouchers.”

You can read the full report here. 

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