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Stress ‘burning out’ Middle East region’s employees


Regus study finds flexible working helps work-related pressure.

December 11, 2013 2:17 by

Economic instability over the past few years has taken its toll on employees in the Middle East region, with 66 per cent reporting that they are seeing more stress-related illness since the downturn, according to the latest survey from workplace provider, Regus.

However, the report stresses that businesses can help combat this trend, as the majority of employees (67 per cent) said that flexible working is critical to help ease work-related stress. It also found that 33 per cent are losing sleep worrying about work.

The survey, which canvassed the opinions of more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries, also found that stress is causing an increase in absenteeism (52 per cent). Twenty five per cent of respondents are worried about losing their jobs, 43 per cent feels less confident about the sector they work in, 51 per cent say that their families and friends have noticed that they are stressed due to work and 57 per cent claim that stress is damaging their co-worker’s personal relationships.

Commenting on the study, Kory Thompson, UAE country manager at Regus, says: “Difficult economic times in the West and an unprecedented rate of growth in emerging economies have put a strain on businesses and their employees. Workers are expected to do more with less and this has taken its toll to the point where many are close to burn out. It’s not surprising that work-related worries and sleepless nights are affecting employees’ personal lives. More importantly, their health is at stake, as stress is a known catalyst for a number of serious illnesses. Proactive businesses that address stress are likely to end up with a healthier workforce and reduced absenteeism.”

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