Tax returns. Unreliable customers. Long shifts. Running your own business. When it comes to construction, stress is rife within the industry. And, it’s not surprising that 48% of construction workers are losing sleep due to stress. Take a look at the full report on this here.

But, a recent study has found that British businesses are not doing enough to combat stress in the workplace. In fact, 45% of businesses don’t offer their employees any sort of help to alleviate stress.

The study, conducted by Perkbox, was conducted on 3,000 UK workers as part of the 2018 UK Workplace Stress Report. It found that 25% of workers struggle to be productive when stressed at work. And that’s not all, a further one in ten reported that they would call in sick to work as a result of stress. 7% even revealed that it had driven them to look for a new job!

Looking at the worst sector’s for this though, construction was found in the top five worst industry’s. It shortly followed behind the hospitality, leisure and transport sectors.

The CMO and Co-Founder of Perkbox, shared their thoughts on the results. Chieu Cao described: “It’s worrying to see how few businesses seem to be considering stress levels within their workforce their problem.”

“And it is particularly ironic to see that almost one in two workers within the healthcare industry say their bosses do not do offer anything to help them alleviate stress levels.”

“This can have hugely damaging effects on morale, productivity and sickness absence – all of which ultimately contribute to a company’s overall success.”

“And, it is important for bosses to recognise the contribution that work makes to employee stress levels.”

“Introducing measures that help to reduce stress or encourage positive coping methods need not be particularly involved or expensive.”

“Even free things as simple as introducing flexible working, considering requests to work from home from time to time, or enforcing 1-2-1s with managers, to allow employees to discuss concerns and motivations, can go a long way to help.”

“But ultimately, measures which tackle staff stress head-on work best.”

“Including gym membership or exercise classes, discounted or complimentary counselling and mental health services and even spa vouchers.”

So what do you think of this? Does more need to be done? Let us know in the comments below.


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