Two in five Sheffield workers more stressed than five years ago, says Regus survey

30th January 2015

Office tensions rising but flexible working provides a solution The festivities are over and Sheffield's office workers have returned to high stress levels according to a new report by global workspace provider Regus, with two fifths of the local workforce saying they are closer to burning out than they were just five years ago.

The top triggers of workplace stress are lack of exercise, unrealistic deadlines and job insecurity. However, with the pressure on to find ways of reducing stress, many workers believe one way of easing the tension is a break from the main office at least some of the time. Seven in ten Sheffield workers (69%) found a change of scenery such as working from another location to be a good stress reliever. In fact, having the freedom to occasionally work away from the main office is seen as a key factor in achieving a good work-life balance; three in five respondents (59%) believe workers that have this flexibility are happier. Similarly, freelance workers also tend to be more relaxed according to the research. Half of those questioned (51%) say that they think freelance workers, with their freedom to change location and set their own hours, are less stressed than regular staff. Richard Morris, UK CEO at Regus comments: -Stress levels are mounting in the workplace as a result of various factors; workers feel deskbound and under-resourced. -Dedicated workspaces offer the flexibility to work in a variety of locations. This is the future of work, and brings a number of benefits including improved productivity and employee well-being. www.regus.co.uk

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