Poor staffing is the top cause of stress for more than half of employees, a new study has found.
Research from HR consultancy firm Towers Watson discovered that 57 per cent of workers who were suffering from high levels of stress also felt disengaged in their office. In comparison, only ten per cent of staff had low levels of anxiety.
The Global Benefits Attitudes Survey discovered that absence levels and presenteeism are heavily influenced by stress, with findings showing that employees took 4.6 sick days per year on average.
Among those who were highly stressed, presenteeism rates were 50 per cent higher than those who only suffered from low levels of anxiety.
Rebekah Haymes, wellbeing specialist at Towers Watson, said: “A third of respondents said they often experience excessive pressure in their jobs, and this study shows it can lead to higher instances of disengagement and absenteeism.
“If leaders want to promote a lower stress environment in their workplace, it’s vital they understand the real causes of stress in their organisation.”
Ms Haymes noted that there are many areas that are not always evident to managers, including good communication and feedback.
Some 34 per cent of people who cited technology as a cause of stress said people who carried out duties away from office hours were most likely to be under pressure.
Ms Haymes explained that businesses should take more responsibility for informing staff about the advantages of more sleep, physical activity and good nutrition.
In order to improve morale among staff, companies should put measures in place such as out-of-office activities and flexible working.
With these kind of approaches, businesses can boost productivity among their employees and create a more positive environment for their company to grow.
If staff work in an office where they receive minimal support from colleagues, it could be enough to lure them away to competitors.
Posted by Jon Aspinell on 5th September 2014
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