UK employees don’t feel equipped to handle their workload

The majority of employees throughout the UK feel they have been left up the creek without a paddle, with nine in ten not receiving adequate training to handle their workload.

Worryingly, a fifth admitted to using alcohol to ease their stress and an additional 3% choose recreational drugs as a coping mechanism.

The research carried out by Step One Recovery, a luxury rehabilitation retreat, found that more than one in five (21%) Brits have taken time off due to stress, with a further 57% admitting to having experienced workplace stress.

Claire Cheek, director at Step One Recovery, said: “Stress is something people are forced to deal with in all aspects of their lives, however workplace stress is something that we’re seeing more people struggling to cope with.”

As Notorious B.I.G once said, “Mo Money Mo Problems” and 97% of brits earning more than £100,00 a year agree that their colleagues don’t understand the level of stress they cope with daily.

For all their hard work, the research revealed a fifth of employees still feel under-valued. More than nine in ten (93%) Brits who earn less than £20,000 a year feel they are underpaid and overworked. Looking at that in more detail, two-thirds (65%) of employees in this salary bracket claimed they struggle to cope with stress at work, a higher percentage than those earning any other wage.

The top five professions where people are most likely to take time off due to stress are:

Human Resource Managers (35%)

Shop Floor Factory Workers (30%)

Doctors (29%)

IT Managers (25%)

Teachers (21%)

“Stress effects people in different ways, and for some can cause both physical and mental exhaustion, known as ‘burnout.’ Professionals with perfectionist and controlling tendencies are far more likely to be affected by burnout, as they thrive on stress and adrenaline. This in turn can lead to self-medication, using alcohol and drugs to ‘unwind’ at the end of the day or even during the work day, such as drinking at lunchtime. Employers often put apparent addiction issues down to stress and anxiety, if they recognise them at all. It is estimated that 20% of alcoholics are highly functioning, but if they continue, one day it all catches up with them.” Cheek states, “At Step One we treat many high-earning executives who are struggling to cope with the level of stress involved in their job and are subsequently suffering from executive burnout, however, it’s really surprising to see how many other people in the UK’s workforce are also being affected.”