Sleepless In Seattle: 44% Of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work Stress

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Sleepless In Seattle: 44% Of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work Stress

Sleepless nights caused by work anxiety are taking a heavy toll on employees, according to a release from a top global staffing firm.

Research shows more than four in 10 professionals, 44 percent, often lose sleep over work, according to a release from staffing firm Accountemps.

"Work stressors can often follow you home, but try to check them at the door," Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps, said in the release. "If you have too much on your plate, schedule time with your manager to discuss possible solutions to alleviate the pressure, such as delegating work to others, adjusting deadlines or bringing in temporary help." 

How often do you lose sleep over work?

Sleepless In Seattle: 44% Of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work Stress

Common causes of restlessness include an overwhelming workload, a looming business problem and strained coworker relationships.

Workers were asked, "How often do you lose sleep over work?" Their responses:

Among those who lose sleep over work, the following were cited as the root causes:*

Sleepless In Seattle: 44% Of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work Stress

Portland did not make the top list, but among cities in the West here are the sleepless percentages:

  • San Francisco – 54%
  • Phoenix – 51%
  • Denver – 45%
  • Salt Lake City – 44%
  • Seattle – 43%
  • Los Angeles – 42%

Additional findings:

  • Professionals in Miami, Nashville and New York most often lose sleep over work-related issues.
  • Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minneapolis have the highest percentage of respondents who cited they never miss out on rest.
  • Professionals ages 18 to 34 more often lose sleep over work (57 percent) compared to those ages 35 to 54 (45 percent) and 55 and older (29 percent).
  • Male respondents say they lie awake often (50 percent), while women are slightly less likely to (40 percent).

More than 2,800 workers were surveyed for the study.

 "Employee stress can lead to lower job satisfaction and engagement and higher turnover. Managers can support their teams by maintaining open lines of communication and planning regular check-ins to discuss workload and other worries," Steinitz said in the release.

More information about managing workplace stress can be found on the Robert Half blog.

About the Survey
The survey of workers was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,800 workers across 28 major U.S. cities.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide. More resources, including talent and job search services, can be found at roberthalf.com/accountemps.

 

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