Australia,
10
March
2015
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00:00
Australia/Sydney

Understaffed and no exercise cause Aussie stress levels to double

A recent study by global workplace provider Regus has revealed that understaffing is the leading cause of stress for Australian workers (17 per cent), closely followed by technology issues (16 per cent) and unhealthy regimes (16 per cent).

The survey revealed that over half of Australian workers claim to be more stressed than they were five years ago (52 per cent), with Sydneysiders appearing to be the most stressed nationals (55 per cent), and Adelaide the least (45 per cent).

While Sydney workers topped the national scale with their understaffing complaints (19 per cent), Australia’s remaining cities all unanimously agreed that a lack of exercise and healthy eating was their number one concern, with Adelaide professionals in the most need of a health-kick (21 per cent).

Further findings revealed that Perthians make the nicest colleagues, with only two per cent of respondents citing their workplace buddies as a stress concern, and Melburnians were revealed to be the most concerned about their job security (14 per cent).

Brisbanians topped the national list for several gripes, including stressful working hours (10 per cent), unpleasant bosses (nine per cent), annoying colleagues (nine per cent) and deadline dreads (14 per cent).

The following table presents the global, national and state-capital top stress factors:

What causes the greatest stress in your working day?

 

Australia

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Perth

Adelaide

Global Avg.

Lack of staff

17.0%

18.9%

17.1%

16.3%

15.3%

3.4%

20.0%

Lack of exercise and healthy eating

16.0%

12.9%

19.2%

17.4%

15.3%

20.7%

21.0%

Unreliable/obsolete technology

16.0%

15.7%

15.8%

17.4%

10.2%

24.1%

21.0%

Working to deadlines

11.0%

11.5%

8.2%

14.0%

11.9%

0.0%

14.0%

Job instability

11.0%

11.5%

13.7%

12.8%

6.8%

6.9%

15.0%

My boss

7.0%

6.5%

8.9%

9.3%

5.1%

0.0%

8.0%

My colleagues

6.0%

6.5%

5.5%

9.3%

1.7%

6.9%

5.0%

My working hours

6.0%

5.1%

8.2%

10.5%

5.1%

0.0%

7.0%

My commute

5.0%

6.0%

4.1%

2.3%

5.1%

6.9%

10.0%

My working environment

4.0%

3.2%

5.5%

7.0%

3.4%

0.0%

7.0%

Flexibility in working hours or location

4.0%

5.5%

4.1%

7.0%

3.4%

0.0%

7.0%

I am more stressed

51.8%

54.5%

52.7%

49.4%

49.2%

44.8%

52.8%

Source: www.regus.com.au

With the pressure on to find ways of reducing stress, 73 per cent of Aussie workers found that a change of scenery – such as working from another location – is the best way to relieve tension and restore a work:life balance.

CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said flexible working was the buzzword for 2014 and will continue into 2015, for good reason.

“We are continuing to see overwhelming evidence that stress levels are mounting. This is due to a combination of factors including being under-resourced and over worked, feeling deskbound, and not having adequate time to exercise and recalibrate. Flexible working conditions provide this outlet,” he said.

Mr. Migliorini continued: “The freedom to work away from the main office from time to time is now seen as a key factor in achieving an ideal work:life balance - with 59 per cent of Australian respondents across all the major cities reporting that flexible workers are much better off.”

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About:

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.8 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit:

www.regus.com.au