Genius Consultants Limited has come out with a survey that reveals that an absolute 100 per cent of the participants accepted that workplace stress can have an adverse effect on employee mental health and reduce work efficiency. A total of 1,380 headcounts participated in the Genius Digipoll Survey conducted in September 2022.
The survey which lasted over a month’s duration was conducted on multiple social media platforms – Official GCL pages of LinkedIn, LinkedIn Polls, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram post plus stories, Google Free Sites (Survey Monkey, Type form, Google forms, etc.)
Work-related stress has proven to be an identified reason for multiple challenges like mental and physical disorders to intellectual and behavioral impacts. The survey encapsulated all the aspects that can be affected by work stress with validated responses from the participants.
About 77 per cent of the participants confirmed that work-related stress can induce anxiety and depression while 14 per cent were neutral and 9 per cent denied the possibility altogether. Furthermore, 82 per cent of the participants also validated that health issues like immunodeficiency disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and musculoskeletal disorders are directly connected with work-related stress while 14 per cent remained neutral and the rest of 7 per cent denied any connection between work-related stress and health conditions of the employees. Absenteeism and employees absconding are some other roadblocks created by work stress and 68 per cent corroborated with the general perception while 27 per cent refused to confirm or deny and 5 per cent negated the possibility that employees quit or remain absent at work due to work-related stress.
Mid-work Nap Must
The most popular solution suggested mid-work nap time as an innovative method to combat work stress levels; with 73 per cent of the survey participants agreeing, 18 per cent being unsure while 9 per cent disagreeing with the same. The participants stayed divided with less work, less office politics, and better employee engagement as possible solutions with 36 per cent cited for the first option and 32 per cent for other two cited respectively to control the stress levels. Reducing working days was another suggestion agreed by the participants with 68 per cent agreeing, 18 per cent being neutral and 14 per cent differing with the idea of a reduced workday as a solution to decrease work stress.
Commenting on the survey, R P Yadav, CMD, Genius Consultants Ltd, said, “Conducting these surveys are reality checks for any organisation. The fact that every single participant of the survey agreed that work-related stress affects the mental health of an individual is very telling. In the current age, where the talk of mental health has found momentum, it is crucial that we identify work stress and the environment as the prime reasons for the growing cases of deteriorating mental health conditions for employees. We, as a part of India Inc., should consciously work toward cementing any disbalance in the work environment for every working professional. On this National Stress Awareness Day, the results of this survey should be used as a guiding force to combat work-related stress and its side effects.”