More than one third of employees have left a job because of the stress

  7th November 2017       Claire Bond
 Accounting & Finance, Employment, Executive Search, Human Resources, IT & Software Solutions, Office & Commercial, Recruitment, Temps

A recent survey conducted by Citation* has revealed that more than one third (36%) of the working population have left a job because of the stress it caused them.

Troublingly, more than half (53%) of employees feel too afraid to show signs of stress at work. More than a quarter (27%) think it shows a sign of weakness, one in five (18%) worry it will affect their career and the remaining 7% would feel uncomfortable approaching their manager with a problem.

Those aged between 18 to 24-years old were most likely to fear for their career and worry about looking inadequate.

Employees between 45 and 54 were notably more likely to feel discomfort approaching their manager.

Women are almost 10% more likely to leave because of stress than men, and those aged between 25 to 34-years old were most likely to struggle with workplace stress.

When asked what caused them the most stress at work, workload was by far the biggest cause:

Stress trigger Percentage
Workload 36%
Working long hours 17%
Managers applying too much pressure 11%
Targets 9%
Not getting on with colleagues 7%
Not getting enough breaks 6%


Employees over the age of 65 are noticeably less likely to get stressed about targets and lack of breaks but those aged between 18 to 24-years-old were almost twice as likely than any other age group to get stressed about their colleagues, and people in the 55 to 64-year-old category were most likely to get stressed over long hours.

Others reasons contributing towards stress in the workplace include: low salaries; management being out of touch with workloads; not knowing how to effectively deal with issues; job security; unfulfilling work; workplace gossip; people not pulling their weight; the commute; lack of appreciation and support; temperamental management; unhealthy atmospheres; and lack of communication.


Citation’s HR Business Partner, Jenny Ware, commented:

“Stress can be a hidden and debilitating problem affecting your workforce. Left un-tackled, it can damage individuals’ wellbeing and the performance of your business.

“Stress affects each and every one of us at different times and to different degrees. Recognising when someone has moved from a healthy amount of pressure into a stressful situation can be vital in supporting their wellbeing, and in ensuring the performance of your team.”


Claire Bond, Director at Bond Williams comments:

“This research does raise concerns over our country’s willingness to speak up and ask for help regarding health and well-being at work. With employees putting in longer hours than ever, there is a risk of ‘burn-out’ amongst British workers.”

“Employers can help by removing those barriers that still exist to taking a proper lunch break. Employees need to break the habit of skipping lunch or eating at their desks. A cultural shift in the workplace towards proper breaks will improve overall employee wellbeing as well as productivity.”



*3gem questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 working adults aged 18 and over between 11th and 14th July 2017.

Claire Bond


Claire has almost 25 years Recruitment experience. A specialist in the regional recruitment marketplace, Claire has extensive local knowledge and holds a reputation for quality, integrity, honesty and excellent matching. Heading up the HR and Office & Commercial Divisions of Bond Williams. Claire is responsible for the overall growth and …

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