New Study Says Most People Are At Their ‘Breaking Point’ in the Workplace

If you’ve been feeling at your wit’s end at the office, you’re not alone.

According to a new UK study, the majority of adults—9 out of 10—are at their “breaking point” at work, The Sun reports.

The study polled 2,000 professionals, finding that the average employee feels stressed for almost one-third of their workday. The Sun reports some of those top stressors were checking work emails after hours, last-minute deadlines, having to do a speech or presentation and having an overly demanding manager.

No surprise that level of stress causes sleep to suffer. The study shows that the average employee loses five hours of shut eye per week due to job pressures. Also not surprising? Workers are complaining about their jobs—a lot! The study found that during an average week, employees complain about their boss for 31 minutes, and their job for two hours and 45 minutes.

Unfortunately, 46 percent of respondents who said they’ve felt stressed at work took no action and hoped the problem would just disappear.

Others took action in the form of drinking (one in five), calling in sick (31 percent) or others used their kids as an excuse to skip work (14 percent).

The study was commissioned by UK organization CABA, which calls itself a charity that supports chartered accountants’ wellbeing, in advance of its upcoming “Drop the Pressure” campaign.

Based on the findings, a CABA spokesman encouraged people to make a change if the work stress had gotten so high that it was causing them to not be able to go to the office.

The first step: simply talking about it, whether it’s with your coworker, manager or relative. “Sometimes just acknowledging that you have too much on can start to address the stress,” the spokesman said.

Although the study was done in the UK, findings might be similar in the U.S. As we reported back in 2017, HR professionals say burnout, which can take place if someone experiences prolonged stress, is responsible for the high rates of annual job turnover in the U.S.

And, as the World Health Organization recently acknowledged, burnout can be just as draining as other illnesses, which is why they started treating it as a diagnosable condition earlier this year.

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