Four in ten consider low morale in the workplace as cause of stress

A survey conducted by CV Library has found that 38 per cent of respondents find low morale in the workplace to be a cause of stress, while 53 per cent said stress is a problem in their organisation.

1,200 UK workers were surveyed, with 66 per cent blaming bad management as the leading cause of stress in the workplace. This was well ahead of heavy workloads, which 34 per cent said was the main cause, and long working hours, which was the main cause of stress for 29 per cent of respondents.

Meanwhile, 62 per cent feel that their employers look down on employees who are stressed, as well as 57 per cent believing that they are not offered support from their employer to manage workplace stress.

“Our findings reveal the true extent of workplace stress across UK organisations and the impact that poor management has on workers’ wellbeing,” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

“As a nation, we are battling with heavier workloads and longer working hours and this is resulting in a poor work/life balance for many. While it can be difficult to take a step back from work, especially with an increasing amount of technology at our fingertips, creating a balance between our professional and personal lives is important.

“For employers, high stress levels not only impact overall productivity, but can also place organisations in a compromising position, as workers under a great amount of strain are more likely to turn on their heels and look for a better working environment elsewhere,” he continued.