More people in the South feel ‘burnt out’ and ‘on edge’ because of work pressures, compared with those in the North or the Midlands, according to new research* released today by Crunch Accounting. However, the overall picture of workplace stress is not encouraging, with figures showing that it affects a concerning proportion of workers across all regions.
When asked about the most likely reason for potentially leaving their job, a quarter (25%) of workers in the South said it was because they were burnt out or always ill. The North and Midlands weren’t far behind with 22% and 18% reporting the same reason, respectively. Similarly, 30% of those in the South confessed to always feeling on edge, compared with 25% in the North and 21% in the Midlands.
Well over a third (38%) of those in the North said they always felt stressed, compared with 34% of Southerners, and 29% of those living in the Midlands. When it came to having ‘Sunday night dread’, the North (50%) just edged out the Midlands (49%) and the South (33%).
This negativity seems to be influencing self-esteem across the country. Over a quarter (27%) of people in the South said a lack of confidence in their ability to get another job was keeping them from leaving their current position. The Midlands and the North weren’t far behind, both at 24%.
Bosses with an aggressive management style are not helping either, with 17% of those in the North, 16% in the South and 14% of those in the Midlands reporting that a shouting boss was the worst aspect of bad management they faced.
Helen Monk, People Manager at Crunch Accounting said:
“Although a few regional trends have emerged from our survey, it’s concerning to see such a universally consistent picture of stress and anxiety caused by workplace issues.
“Perhaps not surprisingly, this issue seems to be affecting confidence levels and damaging self-esteem. It’s fair to say many of these people would be better off leaving for pastures new, whether that’s a different role, starting up on their own as a sole trader, or founding a limited company.”
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