High stress, high stakes

Push to do more with less has one-third of workers considering resigning: Survey
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/02/2015

It’s not just you and it’s not just a perception — workplace stress really has been increasing over the past few years. Forty-six per cent of Canadian workers feel more stressed out than they were five years ago, and 53 per cent of workers globally feel more burnt out than they did five years previous, according to a Regus study of 22,000 professionals in more than 100 countries. 

But for employers, allowing a high-stress workplace is a high-stakes game. More than one-third of workers (37 per cent) have considered quitting in the last year because of the amount of stress they face on the job, according to a separate survey of 1,052 workers by MetLife in the United Kingdom. A full 47 per cent said their job is stressful on a day-to-day basis — not just occasionally — while 48 per cent said stress levels have increased in the last year.