PPP healthcare has joined forces with the Institute of Management (IM) to publish a report on stress in the workplace. Taking the Strain warns that many of Britain’s managers fail to realise workplace pressure can turn into stress, damaging their performance at work and at home.
“Today’s executives find work enjoyable and satisfying but, for many, unmanaged workplace pressures are leading to stress with serious implications for the health and wealth of individuals and organisations,” said Mary Chapman, director general of the IM. “Leaders of organisations need to work with individuals to identify and deal with the root causes of stress, develop a healthier workplace, and equip people with up-to-date skills.”
While most of the managers canvassed by the IM said they look forward to going to work, many of them complained of being unhappy with their workplace culture and feeling unable to cope with their workloads.
They also identified ten ‘pressure points’ that can lead to stress if not dealt with: both organisational, poor communication and office politics, for example, and personal, such as time pressure and new technology.
PPP healthcare’s director of corporate` healthcare development, Dudley Lusted, said: “The prevalence of stress among British managers indicates a serious failure of corporate governance.
“Organisational stress is essentially a risk management issue and, as tools to address it are now at hand, employers who neglect it are clearly breaking the law with potentially expensive consequences.
Managers must be brave in tackling organisational stress and do their part to challenge the misguided notion that taking excessive pressure without complaining is just part of the job.”