A new survey has highlighted some worrying trends of workplace stress at c-suite level.
Contributors to c-suite stress include pressing deadlines, heavy workloads, poor management, time consuming meetings and traffic-heavy commutes.
The research from Beeja Meditation shows that 22% of those at c-suite experience stress in the workplace everyday, with more than a quarter saying they feel stressed several times a week.
CEOs and business presidents feel the strain, with 29% saying they experience daily stressed, while 35% of directors feel it several times a week.
In terms of the causes, the biggest issues seem to be heavy workloads and tight deadlines, though 26% say overtime is a trigger as well.
Worryingly, 17% of respondents said the stress they experience at work results in at least one sleepless night each week, while one in six suffer from headaches several times a month as a result of stress.
The organisation’s founder, Will Williams, commented on the issues associated with lack of sleep.
He said: “When we don’t sleep well, we under-secrete happy hormones and over-secrete stress chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline, leaving us in a poor mood, and if chronic, significantly raise the probability of developing mental health issues.
“A lack of good quality sleep also means our prefrontal cortex (or CEO of the brain) doesn’t charge up, meaning we tend to lack focus, creativity, decision-making ability and empathy.”
The effects are wide and varied, and differ in levels of severity; in a country that already struggles with productivity, workplaces would do well to limit the amount of stress, given that 21% say it contributes to a lack of concentration.
Others have reported feeling anxious, unhappy and even depressed.
The research outlines the challenges that face organisations to ensure that staff are healthy, happy, motivated, and ultimately more productive. Finding ways to reduce stress would go a long way to achieving these targets.