A recent survey by Viking, one of the largest office product suppliers in the world, has revealed that a third of workers in the UK are stressed and have no one to talk to about it.
These findings correlate strongly with people’s overall levels of fulfilment at work, with 46% of those surveyed saying they had negative thoughts about their job several times a week.
Factors that contributed to these stress levels included:
1. Working overtime
2. Not taking enough breaks
3. Having no one to talk to
4. Job satisfaction
5. Pressure to succeed
It’s no surprise that a lack of breaks is causing stress, with half of office workers admitting to taking no breaks at all during the day, excluding lunch. Conversely, a massive 61% of people working from home said they took two to three breaks throughout the day.
Dr. Mariette Jansen, also known as Dr. De-Stress, is a stress expert, coach, and trainer, who believes that taking breaks at work is a healthy way to deal with stressful situations:
“Stress is the result of ‘stretching’ yourself too much, so any action to stop the stretching will avoid stress. If you consider that the average attention span of an adult is about 20 minutes, you can understand that it’s important to have regular breaks.”
Northern Ireland was the most stressed area of the UK, followed closely by the North West, the North East, and the East Midlands. Wales was the least stressed part of the UK and was the only area to score below 5 on the stress scale.
Ruud Linders, Marketing Manager Europe at Viking, said
“I think the recent findings highlight how important it is for employees and employers, whether working from home or in an office, to have someone they can speak to about any work related problems. Having an outlet for stress can really help to ease any unpleasant pressure: this could be exercising, taking a break from your desk, meditating, or simply confiding in someone about your worries.”
For more of Viking’s findings, along with a stress quiz and de-stress guide, visit their page here.