Six in 10 Employees Report Increased Work Stress

August 1, 2017

More than half (52 percent) of workers say that they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis, and 60 percent report that work-related pressure has increased in the last 5 yr. This according to a survey by Accountemps.

“Their concerns are not lost on executives,” notes a press release from the staffing firm: 54 percent of CFOs acknowledge that their teams are stressed, and 55 percent believe that worker anxiety is rising. Among stress risers noted by survey participants: heavy workloads and looming deadlines (33 percent), attaining work-life balance (22 percent), and unrealistic expectations of managers (22 percent).

"Business is moving faster than ever, and employees can feel the crunch when it comes to imminent deadlines," says Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps. “Workers shouldn't suffer in silence. They can tap internal resources for help or seek advice from their managers to ensure that they meet work expectations, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

“A stressed employee can have detrimental effects on the department or company,” Driscoll adds, “including decreased morale and productivity, and increased burnout and turnover. Managers should look for signs that their staff is overworked, like missed deadlines or excessive overtime—and talk to employees to pinpoint triggers and implement stress-relieving solutions."

Accountemps: www.roberthalf.com/accountemps

Technologies: Management

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