As the stresses and pressures of modern life takes its toll on workers, British businesses lose out financially.
According to research carried out by serviced office provider Business Environment, time off for stress-related problems is making a significant dent in company accounts – £1 billion a year to be exact.
The results of the study show that as many as one in five employees (19.6%) have taken time off work because of stress, while more than a quarter say they feel stressed at work most or all of the time.
Job insecurity and greater competition from colleagues means more and more of us are going the extra mile to impress our employers. According to this study, one fifth of workers take work home with them one to two times a week due to unrealistic deadlines, pressure from the boss, or lack of support from co-workers and management.
In fact, unrealistic work-loads were cited as the most common reason for stress.
It comes as no surprise to hear that Monday is the most stressful day of the week due to the post-weekend blues, while more than a third of workers (36%) said Thursday was the calmest day with the weekend finally in sight.
Stress can of course lead to tension and tempers in the office. One in 12 survey respondents said they’d shouted at a colleague as a result of stress, while a very volatile 3% said they’d actually thrown something across the room.
When you’re not worrying about airborne staplers, there’s plenty more to dwell on. Relationship issues, family stresses and work pressures can all have a negative impact on mental health.
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