The bigger the company, the heavier the stress load.
A survey of 20,000 people across 95 countries found people working in larger firms are more stressed than those in small businesses.
Companies with more than 250 employees reported 61% of workers with high levels of stress-related illness compared to 54% of firms with less than 40 staff.
The survey, by Regus, the global workplace provider, also found that stress is causing a worrying increase in absenteeism (49%) that is damaging business productivity.
In Australia, 54% are reporting stress-related illness.
Similar research conducted by Regus in 2012 found that 38% of respondents in Australia felt their stress levels had risen in the past year.
The latest study found two-fifths (42%) of Australians are now losing sleep worrying about work.
Other Australian findings:
- 36% worried about losing their job;
- 48% feel less confident about the sector they work in
- 42% report that family and friends have noticed they are stressed by work
- 43% say that stress is damaging their co-workers’ personal relationships
- 71% say flexible working helps to ease stress
This chart shows survey results by city. Adelaide respondents reported high levels of stress:
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