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Young employees buckling under stress

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Almost 2.5 million young British workers between the ages of 18 and 29 are struggling to overcome work-related stress and overbearing employers, according to research firm GfK NOP Engage.

The study, part of a global report carried out among 30,000 workers in 29 countries around the world, reveals that two-fifths of UK employees aged 18-29 feel frequently or always stressed at work, making the country one of the most stressful places to work of those studied.

Of those who claim to be feeling the pressure, almost 30% feel a lack of resources to do their jobs effectively compounds their stress, while pressure to work long hours from on behalf of their employers is also a root cause.

More than 1.5 million young British workers admit that they are frequently or nearly always affected by the toll work takes on their physical health, while two-fifths (39%) feel that their work–life balance is frequently or nearly always a concern.

“Businesses that view young staff as cheap and expendable may well come to count the cost,” warned Sukhi Ghataore, Director at GfK NOP Engage.

“In the UK, we have a recognised ageing population and so the younger generations are becoming exponentially more important in the workplace, as well as to the nation – they are not only companies’ future talent, but also represent the future financial stability of Britain. It is therefore crucial that they are nurtured, to encourage maximum productivity and retention.”

Do you feel stressed at work? Are you being bullied or harassed in the workplace? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our employment experts today and we’ll see if your boss has a case to answer.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

June 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

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