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Business stress seems physically noticeable

Business stress seems physically noticeable

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Exhaustion or neck pain – 47% of Germans suffer from physical discomfort due to work. Often these are warning signs of the body, which indicate stress. The consequences can be huge and costly.

Those who neglect stress for long periods risk their health. Warning signs such as sleep disorders, headaches or hypertension are not just a burden on the body. They also point out that the psyche is in danger. And mental illnesses like depression or burnout are long lasting and cost the employer and society a lot of money.

47% regularly suffer from stress-related symptoms

For the 2019 job satisfaction survey from ManpowerGroup, 1,004 people were surveyed online in Germany. 753 of them were working people.

  • 47% said they regularly suffer from work-related stress complaints.
  • 30% often feel exhausted.
  • 17% regularly suffer from health problems such as headache, tense neck or sleep disorders.
  • 15% can also be difficult to switch off over the weekend or on vacation.
  • 9% are afraid of their daily work.

Overtime and constant availability cause stress

The results of the survey show how stress can occur at work:

  • 16% have to work overtime to cope with their workload.
  • 14% think that they need to be constantly available via mobile or e-mail, even in their spare time.
  • 12% feel pressured by superiors.

There are also relaxed employees

None of the job complaints mentioned above are recognized by 43% of respondents. However, whether they belong to a group that actively reduces stress is not clear from the study.

It reduces stress

76% of respondents said it was important for them to balance work and leisure. For that …

… about 25% knowingly turn off their cell phones at home and on vacation.

… almost 50% love sports or other hobbies.

… 22% knowingly create leisure time during working hours.

… 21% refrain from strenuous and demanding leisure activities.

… almost 15% reduced their part-time work.

… 7% participate in an antistress course or undergo treatment.