Two out of three people say the stress level at work is high, according to a Right Management survey.
According to the survey, 64 percent of workers rate stress as high, while 24 percent say it is medium. A mere 11 percent rated their workplace stress as low.
“When asked, employees will usually say their job or workplace is stressful,” said timothy Mooney, Talent Management practice Leader for Right Management, which provides talent, career and outplacement services to Fortune 500 companies. “After all, we’re talking about work, not play, so we shouldn’t be surprised if there’s high energy or intensity on the job. In fact, one has to wonder about the 11 percent of workplaces that seem to have low stress.”
Nonetheless, the percentages suggest that workplace stress is at an unusually high level.
“It would be foolhardy for management to dismiss employees’ complaints because of a perception of stress impairs engagement, and that is a core issue that impacts productivity and the bottol line.”
Mooney believes the high levels of stress come from a volatile employment market that has included cutbacks, lean staffing and a weak job market.
Managers should hold work review meetings to clarify priorities and deadlines; be open with sharing performance information and clarify each individual employees’ role in making the organization successful. Employers should also offer flexible working practices to help employees juggle work and life pressures.