Stress increase

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STRESS levels among Portsmouth’s workforce are rising, a study has found.

The poll carried out by workplace provider Regus, which has a business centre in 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, canvassed the opinions among the city’s professionals and found that nearly 38 per cent say their stress levels have risen over the past year.

The firm says that although the increase is below the national average of 43 per cent, it indicates continuing instability in the economy, concerns over jobs and rising living costs are all fuelling pressure on local workers.

A total of 67 per cent of those asked said their job was the biggest stress trigger, with 43 per cent saying finances, and 22 per cent citing customers as a cause.

Steve Purdy, UK managing director at Regus, said: ‘Without a doubt, stressed-out workers are unhappy and unhealthy workers too, so local businesses that want to help their staff lead more rewarding lives cannot fail to analyse and tackle levels of stress within their organisation.’