Nearly 50% of workers close to 'breaking point' due to stress
Nearly half of all employees are close to 'breaking point' at work due to increased stress levels. A survey of 2,000 professionals found the average working adult feels stressed for almost a third of their working day.
The mounting pressures faced in their job also contributes to five hours of lost sleep per employee every week. Checking work emails after hours, last-minute deadlines, having to do a speech or presentation and an overly demanding manager were named as some of the biggest causes of workplace stress.
It also emerged that in the average week, employees will complain about their boss for 31 minutes and their job in general for another two hours and 45 minutes. Richard Jenkins, psychologist and spokesman for wellbeing charity CABA, said: "Everyone will experience pressure day-to-day."
"A level of pressure can actually make us work better, however too much pressure that rises to an unmanageable level leads to stress. The working public needs to know how to manage their pressure to avoid reaching boiling point. Some people cope by blowing off steam through physical activity like the gym or going for a run, while for some things like breathing exercises can help. Everyone will have a tactic that they find works better to help them release the pressure. Unfortunately, in many cases we don't introduce these decompressing moments in our lives which can help release the pressure and reduce stress. Finding ways to manage your stress is essential, it is also worth addressing the root causes of your stress to try to manage the source rather than just treat the symptoms."
The study also found seven in 10 adults have vented about their workplace to a colleague, partner, family member or friend. Although 46 per cent of those who have felt stressed at work didn't end up doing anything about it, hoping the problem would go away on its own. Of those who do take action, 38 per cent have told their manager about it, while 51 per cent have gone for a walk to cool down.