Wellbeing | Are you working in the MOST stressed UK city?

Are you working in the MOST stressed UK city?

The coronavirus outbreak has forced both employers and staff to adapt to working from home almost overnight, as everyone has had to get used to working on a remote basis without their colleagues close-by.

However, without the familiar surroundings of an office and faces of co-workers, employees have admitted that working from home has started to make them feel more stressed.

29% of Brits have admitted to feeling more stressed while working remotely, according to Liberty Games’ latest study of 1,000 UK workers, which revealed that despite the luxuries of working in the comfort of your home such as being able to wear what you want and not having to commute every day, many still feel like they are under pressure.

However, when it comes to cities across the UK, it seems that those working in Cardiff are the ones feeling the most stressed. The research found that 50% of workers in Cardiff claimed to be stressed, this was followed by Bristol and Leeds who both had a figure of 43% and Brighton at 38%.

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Surprisingly, London, the UK’s capital which has a notorious reputation for being one of the busiest and most stressed places to work, came in at sixth place at 33%.

Elsewhere, Norwich seems to be one of the most relaxed cities, with just six per cent of employees finding working from home stressful. Meanwhile, other cities that have adjusted include Nottingham at 11%, Edinburgh at 13% and Plymouth at 14%.

But what is causing employees to feel this way? Due to not being in an office with a physical work presence, many are putting in longer hours after work and not taking a lunch break in order to ‘prove’ how much they are doing throughout the day. For example, Liberty Game’s research revealed that 41% of professionals work through their lunch break, while 38% claimed they were more likely to work longer hours.

As work and home life starts to merge into one while working from home, the research also found that people are struggling to concentrate, as almost a third agreed that they felt the same. Meanwhile, more than one in three cited feelings of boredom and one in five said they felt less productive.

Due to the added anxiety coronavirus has caused, it’s unsurprising to hear that so many employees are also struggling with the new norm that is working from home. This has also been supported by a separate study by Professor Nicholas Bloom.

He previously launched a two-year project on the impact of home working at one Chinese travel firm and found that home workers were 13% more productive and less likely to quit due to this style of working.

Therefore, during this uncertain and unpredictable time, the onus falls onto HR to ensure they are supporting employees as much as possible on a virtual basis. For example, this could be through the form of regular conference calls among teams to allow team members to catch up and decompress after a week or launching creative engagement tactics to keep morale high.

This is something The LEGO Group and Missguided have all spearheaded, with both launching new and creative methods to keep employees engaged such as new eCards and daily afternoon coffee talks.  

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