Almost 70% of employees are stressed in the workplace

A recent survey conducted by alldayPA revealed that the majority of people in full-time employment are experiencing high levels of burnout due to work-related stress and pressures.

With 72% of UK workers currently in full-time employment, stats provided by the “on-demand” customer service provider alldayPA have shown that a worrying 68% of them are stressed and overwhelmed in the workplace. 

Over a quarter of respondents (29%) attributed the cause of their stress to feeling overwhelmed with mounting workloads, while slightly less (27%) said their work-life balance was stressful. 

17% of employees also reported struggling with their working hours when trying to achieve stability between their work and personal lives. 

Accountancy, banking and finance have also been revealed as the most stressful sectors to work in.

High work-related stress levels were most commonly reported in London, where 9% of respondents reported being ALWAYS stressed, 28% stressed most of the time and 42% some of the time. Just 4% reported never feeling stressed, 15% rarely, while 1% preferred not to comment. (These numbers have been rounded up to the nearest decimal).

alldayPA have also revealed that, in the struggle to navigate the rising cost of living, 30% of workers now have a side hustle alongside their day job – which experts warn is causing worryingly high levels of burnout and anxiety.

Business and marketing consultant, Fab Giovanetti, who is the author of the award-winning book Reclaim Your Time Off reveals why more people are taking up side hustles in our current economic climate and how these increased workloads can lead to burnout. 

People are taking up a side hustle for financial gains as the cost of living continues to rise. Aside from this, a side hustle provides a creative outlet and allows people to upskill and learn something new – but people should ensure that they manage their time effectively to avoid burnout!

“It’s important to create work hours for your side hustle when possible so as not to feel like you are ‘always on’. Set boundaries and separate physical environments where possible. Try not to work on your side hustle in your bedroom or on the couch. You don’t want it to take over other areas of your life.

She also shared how she has noticed a clear divide between age groups and gender, with more women aged between 25 and 34 years old experiencing higher work-related stress due to the pressure they feel to multi-task.

Social media creation and blogging on platforms such as Instagram and TikTok have come out on top. In 2022, these are reportedly the most common side hustles due to the accessibility of these apps and their ability to help people bring in extra income quickly.

alldayPA spoke to a London-based doctor, Dr Vanessa, who revealed that her side hustle as a part-time filmmaker gives her a creative outlet. This side hustle, however, takes up almost as many hours out of her week as her 40-hour contracted role within the NHS, which makes finding a healthy work-life balance difficult.

My current job title is ‘medical doctor’ and I work for the NHS, which involves looking after patients, diagnosing, managing treatment, and discharge.

“I’m passionate about my role and it brings in the bulk of my wage, but my side hustle as a filmmaker and screenwriter gives me a creative outlet – it’s a passion first for me and financial benefits second. 

“I work 35 to 40 hours a week for my employment and I work about the same for the side hustle. I’m not sure I’ve achieved a healthy work-life balance yet. Instead, I have achieved an amazing full employment-side hustle balance, with each role feeding the other.

She adds: I also think employers offering flexible working days is extremely beneficial. I, for one, tend to work over the weekends in hospital and have a few days off during the working week, so I can contact my clients during office hours.

According to the recent survey conducted by alldayPA, almost 58% of people are also working overtime, without always being compensated for their extra workload. 

11% of UK workers reported that they work 11+ hours overtime, while 14% work 7-10 hours. 23% said they work 5-6 hours overtime, 29% revealed working 3-4 hours, and 20% work up to 2 hours overtime per week. 4% preferred not to answer. (These numbers have been rounded up to the nearest decimal).

In total, 40% of full-time employees in the North West said yes to working overtime, but a staggering 50% (of those who said yes) don’t get paid for these additional hours. Similarly, out of the 45% of workers in London who currently work overtime, almost 40% (38%) of these also don’t get paid for the extra hours.

Burnout is an increasingly troubling phenomenon that can cause our bodies to enter a state of stress, heightening symptoms of anxiety and depression, decreased motivation and difficulty sleeping. Burnout can also take a toll on our physical health as it can be a significant predictor of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory problems, among others.

Expert psychotherapist, Brooke Schwartz, commented on the hype around hustle culture and how employees can better manage their time to benefit their overall wellbeing:

“The belief that our productivity determines our worth is one of the main reasons people say yes to work they don’t have time for, or even take up an extra side hustle. Our society places significant value on hard work and ‘hustle culture’, and even deems those who take time to rest and practise self-care ‘lazy’ or ‘unmotivated’.

“Consider using a strategy called time blocking, which involves breaking up your calendar into chunks of time designated for certain tasks. Having time blocks reduces the likelihood of procrastination, which delays work and makes it more likely that you end up working past work hours. 

“It can be helpful when using time blocks to also block off personal time. Having scheduled personal time signals to your brain that you are supposed to be off the clock and are in fact not sticking to your schedule if you choose to sneak some extra work in.”

Founder and CEO of alldayPA, Reuben Singh, commented on how businesses can help their employees manage work-related stress through regular check-ins and by implementing flexible working hours:

At alldayPA we have handed the rota management back to the staff allowing them to work flexible hours to suit them. We have increased staff’s pay by up to 14%, with shorter and split shifts to accommodate their lives outside of work.

“Since we have given them autonomy we have seen both an increase in not only their level of happiness but also their sense of involvement. As a 24hr business, open 7 days a week, we can enable our staff to choose their times of work and as a result, all shifts are always covered as the staff themselves appreciate and understand more of each other’s requirements and accommodate each other”.

About alldayPA

We are a 24hr, Manchester-based, “On-Demand” customer service company that provides all businesses, no matter the type, with staff to handle calls, emails, web chat and social media queries on a subscription service. We’re also a family-owned business that has over 24,000 clients and has had hundreds of glowing reviews on Trustpilot. When it comes to managing your calls, emails or web chat, we’ve got you covered no matter which industry you’re in. As the fastest-growing outsourcing company in the UK, we’re here to save you money in the long term. 

Data sources

The data was sourced from OnePoll as an exclusive survey for alldayPA. 

In total, 2,000 people were asked about their profession and working schedule. Along with finding insights about how these respondents manage their work and social life, alldayPA looked into the differences between full-time, part-time, freelance and fixed-term workers and produced a blog post and press release about these findings.

The stats that alldayPA has used from the survey have been calculated by rounding up percentages to their nearest decimal. Some of the data points will round up to 99% due to the stats provided by OnePoll.

Brooke Schwartz (LCSW, LMSW) is a licensed psychotherapist.

Author: Editorial Team

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