The modern workplace employee is more stressed-out than ever. Leaving late, working long hours, too much sitting, it all adds up and it’s stressing everyone out! Even when you leave the office, it becomes difficult to unplug and ignore emails to your phone. In a survey commissioned by Neuvana, 82% or professionals have been contacted by a colleague via a personal channel about a work-related matter. And an additional 35% of this group say these messages come through once or more per day! The fact of the matter is, professionals in corporate America have a non-existent work-life balance and it is impacting our Nation’s health.
Some people don’t even realize how stressed out they are during work hours. Humans are adaptive. Meaning, you can actually become conditioned to high levels of stress in the workplace and not notice the stress you’re experiencing. Understanding these common workplace stressors can help pinpoint those that are present in your work life and allow you to begin mindfully managing them:
Let’s dive a little deeper into a few of the common stressors. Email notifications are one thing, but with all of the new workplace management systems, chats, and texts/calls to your personal phone, it can be exhausting to keep up with all of it!
1,076 working professionals were questioned about the communication platforms used in their workplace and how it affects their stress at work. The study found that about half of working professionals experience stress from multiple communication platforms, agreeing that it makes it harder for them to focus on their job. Additionally, 64% say the constant alerts add to their stress, leaving 68% wishing that people would communicate with them solely through email.
The survey shows that 61% of working professionals feel pressured to answer emails when they’re not at work. An additional 45% say that working at home adds to their workplace stress. Think about it. When was the last time you felt like you unplugged from your work and actually relaxed? If you can’t remember, it’s time to make a change.
The constant connectivity available to us nowadays has pros and cons. But if you’re feeling stressed and exhausted from it, you need to put yourself first and set healthy work-life boundaries.
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