This level of near constant stress affected 1 in 4 (23%) of the other employees surveyed. 92% of senior managers say they have suffered from stress at some point.
The biggest cause of stress among the senior managers was financial worries, with 1 in 3 (34%) listing financial worries as the biggest stressor, followed by workload (28%). However, when it came to the employees, 45% stated workload as their main cause of stress. Financial worries were the second most cited factor (26%). Worryingly, despite the seemingly buoyant jobs market, 1 in 5 (22%) of both groups cited stress caused by worries about their job security.
When asked where they felt most affected by stress, 44% of the senior managers stated they were most affected by stress in the workplace, with an additional 30% claiming to be affected by stress both at work and at home. A quarter (26%) of the managers felt most affected by stress at home. Of the other employees surveyed, 44% felt they were most affected by stress at work, with an additional 43% feeling affected at both work and home. 13% of the employees said they were most affected by stress at home.
Dr Mark Winwood, director of psychological services at AXAPPP healthcare, said:
“It is concerning to see that almost half of the senior managers surveyed report experiencing constant stress. Occasionally experiencing symptoms of stress is to be expected. However, chronic stress can create or exacerbate existing mental health issues, including anxiety and depression and, as such, it is important to manage.
“By promoting stress-reducing behaviours wherever possible, businesses can minimise the effects of stress on all levels of the workforce. Changes in workplace culture are best implemented from the top down to effect real change, so managers could help their employees reduce stress, while also helping themselves. Having a company culture that is open about stress and mental ill health will benefit everybody.”
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