Stress At Work: Is technology to blame?

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on August 14, 2013
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computer-frustrationWhat’s the most stressful thing about your job? Everyone has their gripes, and in a fast-paced office environment, there’s never a lack of things to make your day that little bit harder. But, according to office employees, what boils the blood the most?

That’s exactly what a recent survey sought to find out. Asking 800 employees across the country, the survey asked about the finer details when it comes to workplace stress.

The main culprits

When things go wrong, it can be pretty frustrating. There’s nothing worse than completing an audit or spending hours on a spread sheet, only to find that the internet connection or work emails are playing up and it can’t be sent. There’s no surprise, therefore, that a massive 31% of those surveyed said internet malfunctions were their main gripe.

In second place with 18% was a heavy workload, and taking a close third was a bad commute with 14% of the vote.

A spokesperson from ecigarettedirect.co.uk, who conducted the survey, said:

“Many of us don’t realise how stressful the office environment can be as it just melts into the fabric of everyday life.” they said. “However, it’s no surprise that internet malfunctions came top of the list. In today’s technology driven age so much of what we do is reliant on being online we often feel lost and frustrated without it.  One crack in this delicate technology and an entire office can be brought to a complete standstill, with the potential to reduce a company’s output to zero.”

It does come to no surprise that internet malfunctions are one of the main complaints; something that many gamers were frustrated about was Microsoft’s decision to keep the Xbox One “Always Online”. This something which they soon decided was a bad decision and did a complete u-turn on the idea.

Pointing the finger

Some brave employees admitted that they find their boss the most stressful thing at work, with 8% blaming their employers. Also to blame, according to 6% of those surveyed, was demanding clients.

Surprisingly, a lack of tea or coffee only netted 1% of the vote, while low levels of stationary was only slightly higher with 2%.

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