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Stress is ‘causing meltdown in majority of UK workplaces’

Workplace stress proves to be a real issue with the majority of people saying their bosses look down on stressed workers

A recent survey by CV-Library of 1,200 UK workers found that the majority of employees (57.4%) believe that their manager does not offer support to help them manage stress at work.

Bad management came out as being the biggest cause of stress at work (65.8%), followed by low morale within the workplace (38.1%), unfriendly colleagues (35.7%), heavy workloads (34.1%), long working hours (29.3%) and poor work/life balance (25.5%)

Founder and managing director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, said the country is battling with heavier workloads and longer working hours, resulting in a poor work/life balance for many employees.

He warned that high stress levels not only impact overall productivity, but can also result in employees leaving their jobs in search of a better working environment elsewhere.

Results showed that 89% of workers think that being susceptible to stress at work can have an impact on their career progression, with 67 per cent believing that this is because stress can negatively affect performance in the workplace.  Burnout was also found to be a huge cause of employees having to take time off work, thus affecting their productivity.

“The mentality that everyone should be able to handle stress promotes all the wrong messages to workers, especially those that are looking to climb the career ladder. Employees should be able to progress in their career without being put under too much pressure, and ultimately, staff who are less stressed will perform better at work,” Biggins said.

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