U.K. workers choose less stress for lower pay
The Monster Meter poll asked 2,324 British workers: â€œWould you consider taking a lower paid job for a less stressful lifestyle?â€ The survey revealed:
Stress at work is a larger public issue in the United Kingdom than here in the U.S. Stress on the job costs the British economy more than $170 billion a year in lost output, according to the mental health charity, Mind.
Research by the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Executive indicates up to five million people feel â€œveryâ€ or â€œextremelyâ€ stressed by their work.
â€œWorkers are more aware that itâ€™s possible to put both their health and families before their jobs,â€ explains Alan Townsend, regional managing director of Monster UK and Ireland. â€œAs more people take career breaks, opt for flexible working or return refreshed from summer holidays, they are re-evaluating their options. However, pressure is part and parcel of most jobs and helps motivate a lot people. The key is to maintain a good work-life balance.â€