Six in 10 Employees Report Increased Work Stress

Six in 10 Employees Report Increased Work Stress
March 7, 2017 Niels van Hove

Having trouble “keeping calm and carrying on” at work? You’re in the majority. According to an American survey by staffing firm Accountemps, more than half (52 percent) of workers said they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis, and 60 percent reported work-related pressure has increased in the last five years. Their concerns are not lost on executives: 54 percent of CFOs acknowledged their teams are stressed, and 55 percent said worker anxiety is on the rise. Employees polled cited heavy workloads and looming deadlines (33 percent), attaining work-life balance (22 percent), and unrealistic expectations of managers (22 percent) as top worries.

Additional points from the survey:

• Younger workers are feeling the pressure: Sixty-four percent of professionals between the ages of 18 and 34 admitted to being stressed on the job, compared to 59 percent of workers ages 35 to 54 and only 35 percent of respondents ages 55 and older.
• Gender differences exist: Slightly more men (57 percent) than women (47 percent) said they are stressed at work on a daily basis.
• Professionals shared the following ways they combat stress at work: exercise daily (e.g., yoga, walking, running), enjoy time with friends or a significant other after work, engage in a hobby (e.g., gardening, reading), listen to music and take vacation time to recharge.

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