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Construction and Engineering amongst most stressful industries in UK

20/11/2018
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The Construction and Engineering industries are the third and sixth most stressful industries to work in according to new research from insurance company AXA, which released its 2018 Stress Index this week.
AXA's 2018 Stress Index revealed Engineering and Construction as some of the most stressful industries to work in.
The study, which looked at stress inside and outside the workplace, asked workers if they felt stressed at least some of the time within the past week. 82% of construction workers answered that they felt stressed at some point within the last week, with 80% of Engineers answering they felt stressed.
AXA 2018 Stress Index
(Image via AXA 2018 Stress Index).

Factors that were revealed as the cause of stress included:

Being contacted outside of working hours (65% of respondents).
Work life balance (64%).
Current salary prospects (47%).
Worried about redundancy (36%).
Concerns about artificial intelligence or robots replacing them at work (22%).

According to Eugene Farrell, mental health lead, AXA PPP healthcare, the study shows the impact that stress can have on the workforce in terms of productivity and general health and wellbeing:

“This research shows that Britain’s workers are struggling to manage their levels of stress. Even in the least stressed sectors- such as training and education and manufacturing- the vast majority of staff are stressed at least some of the time during a typical week”.

“What is promising is that many respondents are turning to healthy ways to manage stress by taking time to exercise, which is a much better option than comfort eating, drinking or smoking. Stress can cause feelings of anxiousness, restlessness and can make people feel isolated, so it is important that anyone struggling to cope seeks help- for example, from their GP or from the helplines provided by mental health charities such as Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the Samaritans”.

What do you think? Do your experiences in engineering or construction confirm the findings of this study? Are these industries particularly stressful? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

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