Work and Wellbeing · 29 August 2018

Micro business workers are less likely to experience stress in the workplace

Micro businesses (1-4 headcount) hold the lowest levels of employee stress in the UK

UK micro business employees have the lowest levels of stress according to new research from staff benefits platform Perkbox, with under half (45%) reporting this.

This number rises to 57% with workers at small businesses (5-50 headcount) and again to 62% for small to medium sized organisations (51 – 500 employees). 

One in five UK staff report that they are stressed out whilst working several times a week, with 25% struggling to be as productive at work as they normally would be when experiencing stress.

Commenting on this, Chieu Cao, CMO & Co-Founder at Perkbox, said: “Interestingly, it’s those in micro businesses that are the least likely to experience work related stress, despite those in smaller companies feeling the direct impact of business tensions or losses. It’s fascinating to reveal that the level of occupational stress can directly correlate to the size of a business.

“It’s more than clear that a happy workforce is a productive workforce. It’s surprising to see that in 2018, employers are not doing more to ensure a happy, healthy and productive work environment, not only to protect staff against stress but also to gain the very best results from the driven workforce.”

Despite margins often being tighter and tensions or losses often being felt more keenly in smaller businesses, new research shows that the level of occupational stress workers feel directly correlates to the size of the company they are in.

As part of the 2018 UK Workplace Stress Report, Perkbox found that almost half of UK workers say that their place of work does not have anything in place to help reduce employees’ stress levels and improve their mental wellbeing. 

Cao added: “There are also numerous benefits that businesses can offer to promote a more productive work environment that staff will welcome, including free or discounted gym membership, yoga classes and mindfulness classes which are all ‘perks’ that work to also create healthy coping mechanisms and reduce stress.”

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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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