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New Research Reveals Workplace Stress Map of the UK


More people in the South feel ‘burnt out’ and ‘on edge’ because of work pressures, compared with those in the North or the Midlands, according to new research* released today by Crunch Accounting. However, the overall picture of workplace stress is not encouraging, with figures showing that it affects a concerning proportion of workers across all regions.

When asked about the most likely reason for potentially leaving their job, a quarter (25%) of workers in the South said it was because they were burnt out or always ill. The North and Midlands weren’t far behind with 22% and 18% reporting the same reason, respectively. Similarly, 30% of those in the South confessed to always feeling on edge, compared with 25% in the North and 21% in the Midlands.

Well over a third (38%) of those in the North said they always felt stressed, compared with 34% of Southerners, and 29% of those living in the Midlands. When it came to having ‘Sunday night dread’, the North (50%) just edged out the Midlands (49%) and the South (33%).

This negativity seems to be influencing self-esteem across the country. Over a quarter (27%) of people in the South said a lack of confidence in their ability to get another job was keeping them from leaving their current position. The Midlands and the North weren’t far behind, both at 24%.

Bosses with an aggressive management style are not helping either, with 17% of those in the North, 16% in the South and 14% of those in the Midlands reporting that a shouting boss was the worst aspect of bad management they faced.

Helen Monk, People Manager at Crunch Accounting said:

“Although a few regional trends have emerged from our survey, it’s concerning to see such a universally consistent picture of stress and anxiety caused by workplace issues.

“Perhaps not surprisingly, this issue seems to be affecting confidence levels and damaging self-esteem. It’s fair to say many of these people would be better off leaving for pastures new, whether that’s a different role, starting up on their own as a sole trader, or founding a limited company.”

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