Half of senior managers ‘stressed all or most of the time’

 Britons workplaces are full of stressed workers, with 48 per cent of senior managers saying they are stressed all or most of the time, and 23 per cent of all workers suffering.

The biggest cause of stress among senior managers is financial worries, with 34 per cent listing financial worries as the biggest stressor, followed by workload, an issue for 28 per cent. That compares to 45 per cent of rank and file employees finding workload as their main cause of stress, with 26 per cent citing financial worries.

Despite the seemingly buoyant jobs market, 22 per cent of both groups cited stress caused by worries about their job security, according to new research from Axa PPP Healthcare.

When asked where they felt most affected by stress, 44 per cent of senior managers stated they were most affected by stress in the workplace, with an additional 30 per cent claiming to be affected by stress both at work and at home. Of the other employees surveyed, 44 per cent felt they were most affected by stress at work, with an additional 43 per cent feeling affected at both work and home. Thirteen per cent of the employees said they were most affected by stress at home.

Axa PPP Healthcare director of psychological services Dr Mark Winwood says: “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, such as a reduction in unnecessary out-of-hours emails, flexible working and an open culture where all employees can discuss their concerns and issues, 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.”