Men aged between 25 and 34, living in Cardiff and working in finance suffer more with work stress than anyone else in the UK, a survey of 3,000 UK workers has revealed.
The study, carried out by employee benefits platform Perkbox, was part of their 2018 UK Workplace Stress Report.
The Welsh capital of Cardiff saw the most significant levels of adults experiencing work stress, with almost three quarters (70%) of residents suffering. This was closely followed by Wolverhampton (64%) and the UK’s business capital London (59%). Coventry (57%) and Oxford (55%) completed the list of the parts of the UK which are most likely to report work stress.
Work was significantly more likely to cause stress and emotional strain than any other aspects of workers’ lives – with 46% experiencing stress relating to loved ones and family life, 45% relating to money and finances, 38% relating to their own health and wellbeing and 35% due to romantic relationships.
Chieu Cao, CMO & Co-Founder at Perkbox, said: “It’s interesting to see which demographics suffer with work stress the most. Those aged 25 to 34 are often not only in a particularly pressured time in their careers as they fight their way up the ladder – perhaps even taking on more work or responsibility in order to prove themselves – but quite often they’ll also be saving to buy a house, organising weddings or even starting a family. It’s also interesting to see the gender divide – it seems women are less likely to report feeling stressed at work compared to men (38% vs. 50% respectively.)
“It’s important that people learn how to alleviate their stress to prevent it having a major impact on their overall health. Many report that sleep loss is a common consequence of stress and this can have terrible effects on health and wellbeing – which can often lead to even greater stress.”
81% of the nation admit that stress has a tangible impact on their lives, with the most common consequence being sleep loss, which affects 57% of individuals when they experience stress.
Chieu said: “There are many things people can do to manage their stress levels – from taking the time to exercise, reducing the amount of time they spend working at home close to bedtime and ensuring that time is taken to carry out the hobbies that make them happiest. But the onus isn’t just on them.
“It is in employers’ interests to ensure that workers are not feeling overly stressed. Taking the time to recognise workers’ efforts, introducing health and wellbeing schemes which give staff the opportunity to take time out and do things that will reduce their stress levels and organising regular one-to-ones with supportive managers are just some of the things employers can do to ensure their workforce is not overly burdened with job-related stress.”