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Work issues give six million UK employees sleepless nights each week

 Just how well are your staff coping? A study has found that work issues are resulting in sleepless nights for six million British employees on a weekly basis.
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The number of staff having restless evenings due to work issues is more than the population of Scotland (5.3 million people), according to the findings from workplace help service Rungway.

Some 40 per cent have admitted that they’ve endured high workloads in the past year, while some have felt the effects of burnout. Elsewhere, it’s women facing more work issues than men, at 42 per cent compared to 38 per cent.

Supporting Rungway’s research, a separate study in April revealed the working conditions most likely to cause burnout, discussing how earnings, qualifications and business sector all play a part in the wellbeing of British employees.

Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & COO at Emolument.com, said: “Stigma attached to burnouts is likely to deal such a blow to a top performing professional’s career that they are unlikely to thrive should they recover and return to their teams.”

Where age is concerned, youngsters are most likely to have uneasy nights worrying about work issues. Indeed, 28 per cent of 25-34 year-olds have trouble sleeping each week due to work issues, compared to ten per cent for over 55s.

However, it’s 35-44 year-olds with the most work issues to deal with, as 57 per cent have juggled large amounts of work and burnout.

“With increasing uncertainty over Brexit and elections we are all getting anxious, and we also have everyday work problems we are worrying about. Unlike external concerns, there are ways we can help ease and overcome common work issues,” said Daniel Sanchez-Grant, who is responsible for the roll out of Rungway into businesses.

“Most simply – talking to someone. No one should suffer in silence, but it can also be hard to reach out and many of us feel we can’t help others. That’s why Rungway was created – to provide people with an easy way to receive help and offer others advice.”

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Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge is the deputy editor of Real Business, specialising in media, innovation, technology and the digital sector. A media professional with eight years worth of experience he has worked for both startup and established publications.

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