Half of Irish workers on brink of burnout, says Regus survey

Office tensions rising but flexible working provides a solution

The festivities are over and office workers are returning to high stress levels according to a new Regus report, with over half of Ireland’s workforce (54%) saying they are closer to burning out than they were just five years ago. The top triggers of workplace stress are lack of exercise, unreliable IT and job insecurity, according to the report that canvassed business people across Ireland about their work environment.

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. A significant majority of respondents – 85% – 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; seven in ten respondents believe workers that have this flexibility are happier. The experiences of those lucky enough to be able to work flexibly further support this. Just under three quarters (73%) say they are more content now that they work outside the main office some of the time.

Similarly, freelance workers also tend to be more relaxed according to the research. Two thirds of those questioned say that they think freelance workers, with their freedom to change location and set their own hours, are less stressed than regular staff.

Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland 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.”




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