21 September 2012 12:25
UK professionals are getting more stressed, according to the latest research commissioned by flexible workplace provider Regus.
The study canvassed the opinions of 2,500 professionals across the country and found that two-fifths (43%) say their stress levels have risen over the past year. Workers pinpointed the top stress triggers as their job (55%), personal finances (48%), customers (32%) and management (26%). Continuing instability in the economy, concerns over jobs and the rising cost of living are thought to have fuelled this growing pressure.
In April, research conducted for Regus showed that 65% of professionals had taken on additional duties during the economic slowdown which have not subsequently been picked up by new staff, as employers strive to do more with less.
Dr Clare Kelliher, professor of work and organisation at the Cranfield School of Management comments: "Levels of stress continue to increase across the country. Whilst some level of stress can sometimes be seen as beneficial, if employees suffer stress-related health problems, such as insomnia and exhaustion, they are likely to be less productive and eventually employers may find that they lose valuable workers.
"Employers need to look for ways of taking excess pressure off employees. Allowing employees to reduce commuting times by working more locally can help, as can granting employees the freedom to sometimes work in different, more neutral environments such as a business centre, where they are away from the day to day stress of the workplace and of the home."