According to new research released by Workfront, the leading Enterprise Work Management solution, UK businesses are facing a stress epidemic. Four out of five office workers confessed that they feel burnt out and 73% expect their stress levels at work to increase in the near future. With these problems having a direct impact on work-life balance, morale and productivity, businesses need to act fast. This new report highlights the reasons behind this stress epidemic and what UK businesses can do to combat it.
Concerning for employers, 74% admit to feeling unrecognised and un-useful at work. With lack of communication and not knowing what others are working on (37%) cited as the number-one pain point across the board for stressed UK workers, it’s clear that businesses need to break down current silos, allowing people to engage more freely with senior staff members and see how their efforts impact the wider team.
With this report, workers are making it clear to employers that their three main causes of stress are:
- Excessive workloads and competing deadlines (60%)
- Lack of communication and visibility into the work done by others on your team (57%)
- Poor access to appropriate resources and information needed to complete work (37%)
Joe Staples, Chief Marketing Officer at Workfront, commented, “UK workers are making a clear call to their employers for help regarding their current levels of stress. With stress having the potential to decrease productivity and morale, it will come as a relief to UK businesses that their employees are also indicating these factors can be quickly remedied by their employer adopting the right processes and tools across the business.”
Although workers do appreciate stress-relieving perks, what they really want is for their employer to address the source of the problem. When asked how they would like their employer to remedy their stress, the top three reasons workers chose were:
- Structures and tools to enable a good support system (60%)
- More involvement in decision-making and more frequent contact with management (57%)
- Professional training on how to productively structure your day (37%)
Staples continued, “It’s down to UK businesses to take the right steps internally to address these issues in order to make teams less stressed and more productive. Whatever the causes of stress, more often than not there are simple steps businesses can take to streamline processes and boost efficiency, visibility, and collaboration. By helping your workforce to become less stressed, you give them the freedom to shine and do what they do best.”
Full press release on www.workfront.com