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Understanding Work-related Stress

Understanding Work-related Stress: The Top Stressor in the UK and Strategies for a Healthier Workplace

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Work-related stress, often considered a motivational force in professional life, can also become a significant hindrance when it reaches unmanageable levels. In this blog, we delve into the prevalence and impact of work-related stress on UK employees, shedding light on key statistics and emphasizing the need for proactive stress management strategies.

The Alarming Statistics:

Recent reports highlight a concerning increase in stress levels among UK employees:
High-Stress Levels: A staggering 76% of employees report experiencing moderate-to-high or high stress levels.
Age Disparities: Pressure to succeed is disproportionately felt by younger employees, with 60% of 18-24 year olds and 41% of 25-34 year olds feeling the strain. In contrast, only 17% of 45-54 year olds and 6% of those over 55 report similar feelings.
Primary Causes: The main culprits behind work-related stress include workload (73%), lack of control (31%), lack of support (29%), and senior staff members (27%).
Perception of Stress: Surprisingly, 54% of individuals believe that moderate stress is conducive to thriving.

Impact on Businesses:

Work-related stress doesn’t only affect individuals but also takes a toll on businesses:
Productivity Impact: A significant 33% of employees report that high-stress levels negatively impact their productivity.
Economic Cost: An alarming 13.7 million working days are lost annually in the UK due to work-related stress, anxiety, and depression, costing businesses a staggering £28.3 billion each year.

Strategies for a Healthier Workplace:

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Implementing EAPs can provide confidential counselling and support services for employees dealing with stress.
Flexible Work Arrangements: Offering flexible schedules or remote work options can help employees better manage their work-life balance.
Mental Health Training: Providing mental health awareness and stress management training for employees and managers can create a more supportive workplace culture.
Regular Check-ins: Encouraging regular check-ins between employees and managers fosters open communication, allowing potential stressors to be identified and addressed promptly.
Promoting a Positive Culture: Cultivate a workplace culture that values employee well-being, emphasizing the importance of breaks, vacations, and healthy work-life balance.

Addressing Stress with The British Association of Anger Management:
Taking proactive steps toward stress management is crucial. One such initiative is the guide titled “The A to Z of Stress,” available for free download at www.angermanage.co.uk. This resource empowers individuals with stress, anger management, and mental health knowledge.
Remember un-acknowledged stress is a pre-cursor to anger and unresolved anger increases your stress levels. Our programmes teach you how these two relate to each other, identifying exactly what stresses you out pro-actively working towards reducing those triggers.
Read: Revised – The Vital Connection: Anger Management and Mental Well-being.

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