By Andy Sambidge
Workspace provider Regus says 45% of staff in region report increased stress levels
Workers in the Middle East are getting more stressed, according to latest research by workspace provider Regus.
The survey, canvassing the opinions of over 16,000 professionals across the globe, found that almost half of Middle Eastern workers (45 percent) say their stress levels have risen over the past year.
A number of national factors as well as continuing instability in the world economy are thought to have fuelled this growing pressure, Regus said.
Respondents confirmed that most stress triggers are of a professional rather than personal nature, with their job, customers and personal finances topping the list of causes.
The research also showed that 70 percent of Middle Eastern respondents identified flexible working as a way of cutting stress.
According to the survey, the main causes of stress among workers in the region are work (59 percent), customers (51 percent) and personal finances (47 percent).
Globally, workers at SMEs were more likely to be stressed by customers (42 percent) than workers at larger companies (27 percent), but were less vexed by management (20 percent) than their counterparts in larger firms (40 percent).
Joanne Bushell, VP for Middle East and Africa, Regus said: "Without a doubt stressed-out workers are unhappy and unhealthy workers too, so businesses that want to help their staff lead more rewarding lives cannot fail to analyse and tackle levels of stress within their organisation.
"Levels of stress continue to increase across the world with workers getting closer and closer to 'burnout'.
"In the short term this means losing valuable workers and dealing with lower productivity as staff battle it out with stress related health problems, insomnia and exhaustion, but the long term effects of this pressure are still difficult to predict and could be disastrous."