Frequent Stress At Work Increases Anxiety

We assessed the scores of over 11,000 employees and analysed the impact of stress on mental health and wellbeing. We highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy work and life balance, to reduce anxiety and increase overall happiness.

Let’s delve into practical steps a workplace can take to help reduce stress and promote work and life balance.

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. However, many employees are suffering from unmanaged and prolonged stress. It’s time to tackle the root of stress and improve the overall mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Based on WorkScore’s findings, stress in the workplace is common and can greatly impact an employee’s mindset. A whopping 78 per cent of employees experience stress almost every day at work! It’s time to be the change and take practical steps to reduce stress in the workplace.

A whopping 78 per cent of employees experience stress frequently at work.

More stress, less happiness

Based on our results, employees who frequently experience stress at work aren’t happy and are more anxious than their peers. Anxiety levels are 27 per cent higher in stressed employees.

Stress influences mental health

In our findings, those who experience a lot of stress in their workplace also have more instances of mental health issues. Thirteen per cent of employees reported that they are currently dealing with mental health issues, alongside the stress they’re experiencing in the workplace.

Switching off is important

Being able to switch off from work affects happiness. If employees can switch off from work not only is anxiety significantly reduced by 22 per cent, there is also a 16 per cent increase in happiness ratings.

 

Switching off from work can drastically reduce anxiety by 22 per cent.

However, one-third of employees say they find it difficult to switch off from work.

Work and life balance is key

Our findings also show the link between good work and life balance. Those who are balancing both rate a huge 28 per cent happier, less depressed and are 25 per cent less anxious.

 

A balance between work and life can significantly increase happiness by 28 per cent.

 

It’s crucial to foster a workplace culture that values work and life balance. Here are some practical ways to encourage work and life balance in the workplace:

Flexible working hours

Allowing flexible working hours can help ensure your employees are stress-free. Give your employees time for friends, family and hobbies – it’s an investment in your business.  Employees who have flexibility in their work place are 17 per cent happier and feel better equipped to deal with the problems in their life.

Set boundaries for working late

Encourage your employees to establish their own “office hours” to minimise work during unfriendly hours. By creating a division between their personal and professional life, it reduces the urge to take work home on a regular basis and decreases stress.

Provide a wellbeing program

When designing a wellbeing program, it’s important to ask your employees what type of activities they would like to participate in. Physical exercise such as team sports, signing up for a group gym membership or practising yoga are great examples to relieve tension.

Don’t let stress burn your employees to the ground. It’s time to foster a culture that prioritises work and life balance.