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Thursday 20 September 2018

Young 'suffer more stress at work'

Younger workers feel more stressed than older colleagues, often believing that their bosses are using the recession to justify increasing their workload, a new study shows.

A survey of more than 1,000 people showed that two fifths of those aged between 18 and 29 felt stressed at work, compared with one in four aged over 60.

About 40pc of the younger age group said their managers were using the recession to justify putting work on them, according to the report by market research agency GfK NOP Engage.



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Younger workers were paying a "heavy price" with their health and wellbeing, with many expressing concern about their work-life balance.

According to an international study for the report, the UK ranked 17 out of 29 countries for engagement of their young workers with their employer, behind countries including Macedonia, Turkey, Mexico, France and the United States.

Sukhi Ghataore, director at GfK NOP Engage, said: "Businesses that view young staff as cheap and expendable may well come to count the cost. We have a recognised ageing population and so the younger generations are becoming exponentially more important in the workplace, as well as to the nation.

"On the one hand, a largely disengaged workforce has an immediate, negative impact on productivity and morale, and it has a longer term impact on recruitment and retention.

"During tough times, engaged employees and a united workforce are a necessity, not a luxury."

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