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Stress at work

A new survey has found that  Tues at 10am is the most stressful time of the working week, according to a recent study.

Researchers found that nearly half of British employees identified mid-Tuesday mornings as the moment when they were most under pressure due to their workload.

Most workers said they coast through Monday getting their brain in gear and catching up with gossip from the weekend and television they've watched.
But on Tuesday reality sets in and staff spend the very first part of the day going through emails they ignored on Monday before planning the week ahead

And 55 per cent end hitting the bottle when they get home in order to unwind from their manic day. 

Yesterday a spokesman for leading recruitment agency Michael Page which carried out the research of 3,000 said: 'This survey has told us that 10am on Tuesday is the most stressful time of the working week, and it isn’t a coincidence that this is also when traffic to our website peaks.

‘’It seems our jobs are the biggest cause of stress in our lives – even little things like the computer freezing – is enough to get us worked up.
‘’Whether we feel over-worked, are neck deep in paper or just battling a to-do list which seems never-ending, we are all in in agreement when we hit our melting point. 
‘’It’s worrying such a large number of us are under so much pressure from bosses and there not being enough hours in the day that we go home and have an alcoholic drink to recover.
‘’But it is encouraging to see we are taking steps to improve our working lives, with people making it a New Year’s resolution to get out of their current job.’’

The study of office workers aged between 18 and 45 quizzed respondents on their level of stress throughout the typical working week.
It found a quarter regularly feel stressed at work and for three quarters of workers they regularly come to the end of their tether by 11.16am each day.

But one in five find it gets too much before nine o'clock.
Four in ten blamed heavy workloads and a third said dealing with difficult clients or customers left them feeling frazzled.

Yet three in ten admitted it was their boss which caused them tension in the office and one in six blamed their colleagues for not listening to their cries for help.
It also emerged three in ten have been so over-worked they have called in sick to recover - on at least one occasion in the last month.
Two thirds said they find their job 'too much' and it leaves them 'feeling down', so much so that four in ten would walk out the door today if they had a better offer.

The study found those in marketing, sales and local government get worked up more than anyone else and one in ten workers will look for a new job this year.
But a quarter said the thought of hunting out a new profession would cause too much hassle and upheaval.

The study was carried to mark the launch of the Michael Page Jobs app for the iPhone which supports on-going career progression and is designed to take the stress out of finding a job.

A spokesman added: ‘’Coming into work on a Tuesday and seeing an inbox full of emails and the mountain of work you face isn’t fun, so it’s no surprise it takes just an hour for stress levels to shoot right up.

'But feeling stressed at work not only affects your professional life but also on your home life and the people around you, so it’s important not to be afraid and look elsewhere, and we can help.’’


1. Heavy workload

2. Computer freezing while you are in the middle of something

3. Dealing with difficult clients/customers

4. No support

5. Niggling colleagues

6. Boss asking you to do too much work

7. Computer taking too long to get going

8. Phone ringing non-stop

9. The internet not working

10. Printer breaking


1. Marketing

2. Sales

3. Local Government

4. Call Centre

5. Hospitality

6. Nursing

7. Social Services

8. Engineering

9. Secretarial

10. Human Resources