Work and Wellbeing · 21 March 2018

Revealed: The most stressed employee in Britain

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Workers in finance and local government were found to be the UK’s most stressed

If you are aged between 25 and 34 years old, live in Cardiff and work in finance for a business with over 250 staff, you are apparently the most stressed employee in the UK.

According to the 2018 UK Workplace Stress Report, from employee benefits platform Perkbox, 69 per cent of people working in finance suffer from significant levels of work-related stress.

It said 45 per cent of finance workers reported experiencing stress relating to loved ones and family life, 43 per cent relating to money and finances, 37 per cent relating to romantic relationships and 35 per cent due to their own health and wellbeing.

Almost all of those working in finance – 95 per cent – admitted that stress has a tangible impact on their lives, with the most common consequence being sleep loss, which affects 62 per cent.

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Other top-ranking industries experiencing high levels of stress are local and national government, 68 per cent, and healthcare at 66 per cent.

The professional services and education sectors, both 65 per cent, and those in hospitality, 64 per cent, completed the top five most stressful sectors in the UK.

As part of the study, a work stress heat map of the UK revealed that Cardiff was the most stressed-out city followed by Wolverhampton, London and Coventry.

Those aged 25 to 34 years old were most likely to face stress brought on by work, with almost three quarters experiencing it. This was followed by 18 to 24-year-olds and 35 to 44-year olds.

A half of men said they were suffering from stress compared with 38 per cent of women.

“Today’s hectic family schedules naturally take their toll on our lives, however despite this, it is still work that is proving to be the biggest stress factor for Britons,” said Chieu Cao, CMO and co-founder of Perkbox.

“Those aged 25 to 34 are the most affected – most likely because this can be a particularly pressured time in their career as they fight their way up the ladder and perhaps even take on more work or responsibility in order to prove themselves. Quite often people at this age will also be saving to buy a house, organising weddings or even starting a family.

“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 taking time out to enjoy hobbies.”

Cao also urged employers to recognise workers’ efforts and introduce health and wellbeing schemes to give staff the opportunity to take time out and do things that will reduce their stress levels.

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