Almost half of workers in the UK are more stressed than they were 12 months ago, according to a new survey, suggesting that a new job could be needed.
Research by YouGov for workplace specialist Croner found that stress is being caused by greater unpaid workloads (cited by 57 per cent of people) and performance pressures (45 per cent).
People in HR jobs could be called in to address the issue, as one-third of employees are claiming they have to work longer hours, while pay freezes are also major cases of stress in the workplace.
Amy Paxton, a senior employment consultant at Croner, called the findings a "real wake-up call for employers".
"At a time when many industries are under such pressure to keep their heads above water, or even survive, employers cannot afford to have such high levels of stress and the associated difficulties it can cause in their organisations."
She suggested that a lack of communication and transparency can undermine the relationship between managers and staff, which can make employees dissatisfied and more stressed.