More than 70% of employees in the Czech Republic are dealing with some level of stress at work, according to a new study conducted by recruitment solutions company Předvýběr.CZ.
That number includes 50% of employees that reported occasional levels of stress at work, and 19% who reported a permanent state of stress in their Czech workplace.
27% of respondents said that work was somewhat free of stress, while only 2% of employees said that their work was completely stress-free.
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The survey also asked respondents about the reasons they were feeling stressed out. For many, that directly related to their management.
“For 40% of respondents, the worst factor is poor organization at work,” said František Boudný, Business Director at Předvýběr.CZ.
Other stress-inducing factors for employees included the personal character of their boss (25% of respondents) and being overloaded with tasks (22%). Only 6% of respondents reported stress due to their relationship with colleagues.
While six out of ten respondents reported feeling burned out, Boudný noted that the actual number was somewhat lower. While more than half of employees more commonly report feeling burned out, the actual “burnout” state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress is felt by roughly 20% of employees.
“Knowing what really is burnout syndrome is even complicated for experts,” he said.
“It is telling that, according to our survey among corporate executives and staffers, 54% report an experience with a burned-out employee.”
Despite this, only about 8% of companies in the Czech Republic have or are planning to implement an internal program to help management identify and deal with potential psychological problems faced by employees.