Are you working in a business sector where stress is prevalent and the norm? Although this list, produced by Perkbox in the Executive Grapevine in February 2018, is focused on the UK, it is probably broadly representative of other western societies such as Australia, where the majority of people feel stressed in their workplace.
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This report by Daniel Cave highlights the Top Ten list of stressful workplaces.
With the ever-thinning lines between our personal and professional lives, it can be harder and harder to switch off and leave work where it should be – at the desk. We all know that this doesn’t always happen but which workers are more prone to overwork and the stress this can cause?
Well, according to new research, carried out by Perkbox, there are professions and even locations in the UK that are more likely to have stressed workers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those in finance are the most stressed whilst Government workers and healthcare employees are close behind them. Professional services and those in the education sector and hospitaly workers made up the top five most stressed industries.
Worryingly, over eight in 10 workers admit that stress at work has an impact on their wider life. The most commonly reported impact was sleep loss.
Chieu Cao, CMO and Co-Founder at Perkbox explained that employers should always be interested in monitoring the stress levels of their staff. He said: “It is in employers’ interests to ensure that workers are not feeling overly stressed – and the data clearly shows that, in some industries, there is a more urgent need for bosses to take action than in others.
“It is particularly worrying, that as many as three quarters of the financial services industry workers experience stress. Taking the time to recognise workers’ efforts, introducing health and wellbeing schemes which give staff the opportunity to take time out and do things that will reduce their stress levels and organising regular one-to-ones with supportive managers are just some of the things employers can do to ensure their workforce is not overly burdened with job-related stress.”
The Stress Charts Top Ten
- Financial services – 69%
- Local and national Government – 68%
- Healthcare – 66%
- Professional services 65%
- Education 65%
- Hospitality – 64%
- Media – 63%
- Retail – 60%
- Manufacturing – 59%
- Admin and supportive services – 55%
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