Most employees suffer from stress at workplace

Most employees suffer from stress at workplace
One in four employees are suffering work place stress issues, according to new research.

The study shows up to one in four people calling a national employee assistance helpline say that workplace stress lies at the root of their problem. Experts at the firm say they have seen first-hand through their Employee Assistance Programme how stress levels have risen alongside greater day-today demands in and out of the workplace. Jayne Carrington, Customer and Propositions Director, said: “Many employees calling us are deeply concerned about the uncertainty around their job prospects and the impact this would have on their family .

“Or they are faced by increasing workloads and targets set by employers who are often expecting staff to do more with less. “The benefits to staff are clear and a healthy and productive workforce means a healthy business and bottom line.” She said stress can lead to poor sleeping habits, ongoing fatigue, low energy levels, low nutrition intake and low levels of physical activity -which could all impact on productivity and an underperforming workforce.

While calling on employers to do more to prevent the problems, Carrington believ es, “Employees do have a responsibility to look at how they can manage their stress, be more , resilient in challenging times and adopt behavioural and l lifestyle changes to reduce any t workplace pressures.” She also adds, “Organisations and indi viduals must work together to recognise both potential and existing problems and take , steps to prevent and manage stress in the workplace.”