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4 in 10 office workers suffering high levels of stress and anxiety

Published on 26/02/2013

Four in 10 office workers are working under high stress levels that could be affecting their health. Experts are now encouraging people to take out income protection to cover themselves against accident, sickness or redundancy.

Four in 10 office workers are working under high stress levels

Several hundred office workers were surveyed about stress as part of a study carried out for Viking office supplies, and a group of volunteers had their body temperature taken at set times over a 5 day period.

The body temperature test revealed that four in ten workers were highly stressed or suffering from anxiety, with a stress temperature of 18 to 24 Celsius.

Unsurprisingly, Monday morning turned out to be the most stressful time of the week, with almost six in 10 people showing stress at this time. It was closely followed by Monday evening and Friday.

The least stressful day was Wednesday, with just one in three people recording signs of stress mid-week.

Results from the survey also showed that 52% work more than 10 hours unpaid overtime every week. For one in five, fear of losing their jobs was the primary cause of stress.

Almost half of those questioned believe that work stress actually affects their health, and one in three people comfort eat to deal with their anxiety.

The survey revealed that HR and manufacturing are the most stressful industries.

Neil Shah, who conducted the Stress at Work study, said: "Tension and stress can manifest themselves in many different ways, but can be linked to long-term health problems such as headaches, heart problems and depression.

"From a business point of view a stress free worker is a more productive, proactive and valuable one. Ensuring really simple things like people taking a lunch break or doing exercises in the office can make a huge difference.”

Dr Richard Theo, Managing Director of, recommends UK workers consider investing in income protection. He explains: “An income protection policy is designed to replace your income if you cannot work due to a long-term illness such as severe stress.”

“Rather than relying on your savings or government benefits, an income protection policy will pay you up to 70% of your income every month, with some plans even paying out up until retirement. This type of policy could provide much needed peace of mind during a recession.”

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2013

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