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, showed 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.
“This National Work Life Week, I would encourage organisations across the UK to remain supportive of workers and pay closer attention to signs of stress in the workplace. This will help companies to not only retain staff, but also attract new talent going forward, which will be vital for many businesses as we approach the run-up to Christmas.”
Claire Bond, Director at Bond Williams, urges employers to pay attention to the human and business cost of stress. She says:
“Research shows that less than half of employees would tell their manager if they were feeling stressed and so it can remain an invisible but detrimental business risk. As such, prevention for all employees, rather than singling out stressed individuals, may be the best approach.”