Work is biggest cause of stress


Work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives with one in three people (34%) saying their work life was either very or quite stressful, research from Mind has found.
The survey of over 2,000 people revealed that the main cause for workplace stress was frustration with poor management and that work was regarded as more stressful than debt or financial problems (30%) or health issues (17%).
The second most stressful factor of work for one in four (26%) people was excessive workload, followed closely by lack of support from managers (25%) and unrealistic targets (25%).
As a result of this, one in five respondents (19%) said they took a day off sick due to stress, but 90% of those people cited a different reason for their absence, suggesting a culture of fear around revealing mental health issues. One in five (19%) people felt they couldn’t tell their boss if they were overly stressed. In addition, one in 10 (9%) had resigned from a job due to stress and a quarter had considered resigning due to work pressure.
Furthermore, of the 22% of those surveyed who had a diagnosed mental health problem, just under half (10%) had actually told their boss about the diagnosis. Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: “Work related mental health problems are an issue too important for businesses to ignore. We know that right now, one in six workers are experiencing depression, stress or anxiety and yet our survey tells us that most managers don’t feel they have had enough training or guidance to support them.
“Improving mental wellbeing in the workplace doesn’t have to cost a lot. Our research shows that people whose organisations offered flexible working hours and generous annual leave said such measures supported their mental wellbeing. Three in five people said that if their employer took action to support the mental wellbeing of all staff, they would feel more loyal, motivated, committed and be likely to recommend their workplace as a good place to work.”