According to a new study commissioned by software company CIPHR, the majority of British adults feel stressed at least once a month.
Workers were found to feel stressed at an average of eight days each month, which equates to around three months each year. Over an average lifetime, people could be dealing with stress for a whopping 16.5 years.
Only 21% of respondents stated they were stress-free. However, 49% of UK workers said that they were impacted by stress for five days or more each month.
Women were more likely to feel stressed at an average of ten days each month, compared to the seven-day average men experience.
The most stressed group of workers was found to be 45 to 54-year-olds, with 11% stating they feel stressed every day.
One significant factor contributing to such stress is the workplace itself. In fact, 84% of respondents identified one or more work-related reasons for experiencing stress.
“These are incredibly challenging times and it’s really important that employers look out for the warning signs that individuals are struggling and actively talk to staff about ways to mitigate some of the impact that these work stressors and home stressors may have,” said Claire Williams, director of people and services at CIPHR. “Ideally, before it becomes an insurmountable problem for the person themselves and the organisation they work for.”