Why Stress Is Taking a Greater Toll on Employees
The majority of employees said they are stressed at work on a daily basis, and this problem has increased over the past five years, according to a recent survey from Accountemps. Heavy workloads, demanding deadlines, unrealistic management expectations and a lack of work-life balance are contributing to this troubling trend. And if you're under 35, you're more likely to feel a high degree of pressure than your older colleagues. In addition, men in the survey are more stressed on the job than women. "Business is moving faster than ever, and employees can feel the crunch when it comes to imminent deadlines," said Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps. "Workers shouldn't suffer in silence. They can tap internal resources for help or seek advice from their managers to ensure they meet work expectations, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. A stressed employee can have detrimental effects on the department or company, including decreased morale and productivity, and increased burnout and turnover." To better cope, professionals are turning to exercise, socialization and hobbies. We've included research-backed findings here to illustrate how these activities reduce stress. More than 2,200 U.S. CFOs and 1,000 employees representing a broad range of professions took part in the research.