44% regularly feel stressed at work

helen smith

More than four in 10 (44%) respondents regularly feel stressed at work, according to research by Benenden.

Its survey of 2,000 employees also found that 87% of respondents blame their workplace for making them ill.

The research also found:

  • More than half (58%) of respondents find that worrying about work keeps them awake at night.
  • 91% of respondents feel tired several times a week at their desk.
  • 54% of respondents are prevented from going to the gym because of work commitments.
  • 84% of respondents cite backache as a regular part of working life, 42% regularly suffer from eye strain in the workplace, and 27% regularly have migraines.
  • A quarter (25%) of respondents feel healthy at work on a regular basis.
  • 46% of respondents go into work when they are ill.

Helen Smith (pictured), business development director at Benenden, said: “Our modern working lifestyle often attracts much criticism and our research appears to back this up. Even when we’re ill, we persist in dragging ourselves into the workplace, risking a spread of infection to our colleagues or making our own condition worse.

“Employers should take steps to promote their staff’s wellbeing in the workplace. We spend so much of our time at work that it should be a place where we feel happy and healthy.”