It would appear you’re not alone. Vitality, the health insurers, and the University of Cambridge asked more than 32,000 employees about the impact work-related stress has on their ability to get work done in order to find out just how bad it really is.
The results, released today, show that three-quarters of employees suffer from work-related stress, and that about ten per cent of our time at work is effectively lost due to “high stress and a lack of physical activity”.
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Over the course of the year, the researchers estimated, that works out at a missing 23.5 days of productive time for each and every employee due to work-related stress.
Worryingly for bosses, the majority of this occurs while we are actually on the clock. While we take just over five days off a year to deal with work-related stress, time spent worrying about our mental health at desks eats up another 18 days.
Unsurprisingly, city boys and girls say they have it worse. They lose a full five working weeks (25 days) a year - second only to healthcare professionals who lose 27 days - worth of productivity.
Techie-types say stress worries them the least, but even they lost 19 days a year of productive time.
With everybody scratching their heads over the UK’s productivity puzzle, the time lost due to work-related stress was calculated as costing British firms £57bn a year.
“It is clear to see that day-to-day productivity loss centres on physical activity and stress levels … Reducing workplace stress and encouraging employees to stay physically active should help increase productivity levels,” said Shaun Subel, strategy director at VitalityHealth.