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Stress levels rise among UK workers

Nearly half (48%) of the adult workers who took part in a recent survey say they are more, or much more, stressed than 12 months ago. The survey of over 1,200 adult workers by Croner reveals that higher unpaid workloads (57%) and performance pressures (45%) are being held to blame.

 

The need to work longer hours (34%) and the imposition of pay freezes (33%) are also significant factors revealed in the research.

Stress clearly affects people in different ways: the Croner survey asked respondents how they cope with it. Eating and drinking more alcohol and becoming less friendly towards family, friends and colleagues are all cited as ways of overcoming their worries.

Amy Paxton, a senior employment consultant at Croner, said: "There is a legal requirement for all employers to provide a safe and healthy working environment for staff. It is important to identify the sources of stress and if possible solutions should be aimed at eliminating or at least reducing the impact of these sources.”

 

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