A bad boss and lower pay are major causes of rising workplace stress: TimesJobs Study

Mumbai: It is no doubt that the stress levels among employees are rising. When 80% of working professionals complain that they suffer from stress and their organizations don’t have any programs to manage stress at work – it is something to be alarmed about. Smaller Organizations are more stressful as the TimesJobs study reveals 80% of employees complain of stress at work, to the extent that nearly 60% want to quit their jobs because of high stress levels.

What are the reasons for rising stress levels in the workplace? Half 0of all employees attribute stress at workplace to having a bad boss. For 35% employees their poor pay is a major cause of stress. Nearly 30% employees say that a bad work environment causes them stress, 25% employees cite unclear job expectations as the reason for their stress and lack of recognition at workplace is resulting in stress for 20% employees.

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 “While some level of stress is acceptable and even beneficial to keep you on your toes, the problems arise when it becomes overwhelming or chronic. In today’s fast-paced work environment, chronic stress has become a common ailment for many professionals, issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, and heart problems start affecting employee wellbeing and productivity. The TimesJobs study reveals, 60% of employees find workplace stress so high that they want to quit their jobs. This is not a healthy sign,” says Nilanjan Roy, Head of Strategy, Times Business Solutions.

Further, employees belonging to small-size organizations report comparatively higher level of stress at work than employees from large organizations. About 50% employees from small organizations said they face high level of stress at work while 30% employees from large organizations say so.

TimesJobs found that employees are reporting multiple physical and psychological disorders dues to work stress. About 35% employees have developed insomnia, 30% feel tired & fatigued all the time, loss of appetite is a major physical impact for 25% employees and 10% say they have persistent body aches.

On the psychological front, 40% employees report depression as the main consequence of workplace stress. Increased irritability has occurred to 25% employees, another 25% complaint of increased incidences of anger and 10% have developed anxiety issues.

TimesJobs study mentioned that while 60% employees want to quit their jobs because of workplace stress, 20% feel venting it out helps them. For 10% employees relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation help them cope with stress and another 10% take a break and go on vacation to recover from stress.

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