If you feel tense, anxious, not too confident, nervous, not sleeping well, worried around work, you might suffer from workrelated stress. For what it is worth, you are not alone! Research shows that work is for lots of people the main stress factor in their life. Research figures are just statistics, but they give an indication of the seriousness of the condition.
Last year, in the UK, a reported sickleave due to stress, had an average duration of 30 days! Six weeks!
Statistics reported by a survey conducted by the APA:
- 45% of workers report that job insecurity has a significant impact on stress levels.
- 61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on stress levels.
- 25% of workers have taken a mental health day to cope with stress.
- 54% of workers are concerned about health problems due to stress.
- According to a CBS Evening News fifth annual Labor Day survey, more than half of Americans are somewhat or extremely stressed at work. And a shocking one in six workers reported being “angry enough to hit a co-worker”.
The Everything Stress Management Book by Eve Adamson, Avon, MA 2002
- 40% of workers report that their job is “very or extremely” stressful.
Survey by Northwestern National Life
- 25% of workers view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.
Survey by Northwestern National Live
- 26% of workers report they are “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work”.
Survey by the Families and Work Institute
- 29% of workers report they feel “quite a bit or extremely stressed at work”.
Survey by Yale University
Above are just figures. However, they are an indication of how professionals are being exposed to situations where stress can hit them. And if they hit……. than they are in trouble.
As with so many other conditions, it is important to avoid hitting that point.
Preventition is key. If you think you might head in the direction of unhealthy stress, go and talk to your manager, HR department or colleagues. If that is not an option, you can seek support on an indiviual basis by booking a session with a stress coach, take up meditation or find other ways of de-stressing. There are lots of impactful exercises that are simple and don’t take a lot time, but are very effective. Don’t let stress have its way. Take action!
There is an opportunity to learn to meditate, one minute at the time, for free. I am happy to design a questionaire specifically for your company situation, so we can measure the results of this 5 times a day 1 minute exercise. It is a great opportunity to start as a department or group of colleagues.