Are you feeling Overworked, Overwhelmed, Overloaded and Overtired?
Underpaid, Underused, Undervalued and Under Stress?

There is no such thing as a stress-free job. Indeed, we need a certain amount of stress in our lives in order to achieve our goals. However, too much pressure, long hours and unrealistic deadlines can cause stress at work. Individuals differ in their response to stress and to how much stress they can take before it becomes harmful. We not only need to understand where stress is coming from but to realize that its causes and effects are quite different for different people.  (See Personality Types).

However, if the pressure is too great for too long a period of time, most people will suffer from stress and its consequences.

We spend the bulk of our waking time at work so it’s important that we are able to manage our time and productivity effectively so that we have time to have a life as well!


In November 2013, Bupa carried out research with 10.000 working people in the UK and discovered that 44%  were suffering from stress.

The main causes of stress identified by respondents include money worries (20%), followed by day-to-day working (18%), family life (8%) and living with long-term illness (7%).

The research also found stress levels to be most prevalent among female respondents, with nearly half (49%) stressed compared to 39% of men.

Stress is also prevalent among 45-to-54 year olds, with 50% revealing that they are stressed, while just over a third (38%) of over-55s currently feel stressed.



  • unrealistic deadlines
  • high expectations,
  • technology overload
  • unmanageable workloads
  • not enough staff


  • lack of control over aspects of the job
  • lack of involvement in decision making
  • account not taken of staff ideas/suggestions about the job
  • lack of influence over performance targets
  • lack of time

The Physical Environment

  • lighting, noise, smells dust,
  • excessive heat or cold
  • overcrowding,
  • lack of privacy
  • hot desking


  • aggressive management style
  • lack of support from others
  • isolation at work
  • bullying and harassment
  • lack of understanding and leadership
  • manager forever critical
  • others not pulling their weight
  • others take credit for personal achievements
  • poor relationships with colleagues

Job security

  • pay cuts
  • reduced hours
  • lack of job permanence, e.g. temporary/fixed term contracts
  • change of role or management
  • fear of redundancy

Work-life balance

  • long hours affecting personal, partner and family relationships
  • over-demanding and inflexible work times
  • unsocial hours
  • excessive travel time
  • taking work home to meet deadlines


A calm mind = confidence, competence and control