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Companies all over the world come to Regus to find the flexible workspace that enables them to do business more effectively. We have over 800,000 customers using our business centres every day, this …

Companies all over the world come to Regus to find the flexible workspace that enables them to do business more effectively. We have over 800,000 customers using our business centres every day, this gives us a wealth of experience in all workplace issues. If you’re looking for an expert to speak at your event, big or small, we are happy to provide trained speakers to talk about the issues your audience want to discuss.

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  • They were also asked whether that increase had been simply significant, or extreme, as well as the principal causes of this stress
  • High work paceEmotional workloadUnderutilisation of skillsDoing monotonous workLack of social support from colleaguesLack of autonomyLack of participation in decision makingRole conflict / distinction
  • Belgium, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, the USA and India are on or near the average for appreciable increase in workplace stress. Slightly under-average are France, Australia and Canada. The lowest increase in workplace stress is reported in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Typically where employees are expected to take on additional tasks and responsibilities, often without additional reward
  • The threat of redundancy will have an influence on how stressful the workplace is, and once the workforce has been pared down, many find themselves with double the responsibilities but without additional reward.
  • – something that businesses worldwide want to avoid as they struggle to either return to growth (mature economies) or accelerate growth (emerging economies)
  • The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said 13.7 million working days are lost each year as a result of work-related mental illness in the UK. This leaves UK employers with a total bill for lost productivity of £28.3 billion a year.
  • Whereas downsizing, plus increased productivity and profitability pressures cannot be reversed, working practices and workplace solutions can be changed in order to reduce employee stress and improve retention of key personnel
  • Various studies have demonstrated that flexible working arrangements, where employees can work outside of normal hours, or where they spend part of their time working from home, reduce employee stress, improve productivity and save corporations money
  • Various studies have demonstrated that flexible working arrangements, where employees can work outside of normal hours, or where they spend part of their time working from home, reduce employee stress, improve productivity and save corporations money

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  • 1. Stress Out
    1100 locations | 500 cities | 85 countries
    Presented by: Name | Date: Date
  • 2. Overview
    Has there been a rise in stress levels in business executives in the last two years?
    Does the trend vary across countries?
    Does flexible workplace arrangements reduce stress levels?
  • 3. Regus workplace stress report
    Over 11,000 respondents
    Thirteen major countries
    Business people were asked whether they had suffered significant increases in workplace stress over the last two years
  • 4. Rise in workplace stress
    Over half of the global business population (53.8%) have experienced an appreciable rise in their workplace stress over the last two years
  • 5. Rise in workplace stress
    More than one fifth of business people internationally have experienced a severe rise in workplace stress
  • 6. Top factors causing stress in the workplace
    Not enough administrative support
    Increased focus on profitability
    Pressure from customers for increased service
    Increased focus on quarterly sales revenues
    Loss of good staff
    Risk of unemployment/business failure
    Aggressive competition from colleagues
  • 7. Stress can provide business with real problems
    Reduced motivation
    Reduced productivity
    Impaired management
    job dissatisfaction
    loss of key skilled staff
    defection to another, less stressful, work environment
    Conflict between colleagues becomes more likely
    DAMAGE TO BOTTOM-LINE COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL RESULTS
  • 8. Proportion of business people whose stress levels have increased appreciably over the last two years
    Global stress levels
  • 9. Stress levels greatest in china
    The rise in overall workplace stress is greatest in China (85.9%) as the ‘dragon’ continues to grow rapidly
    36% blamed their stress on increased volumes of work
  • 10. However, when it comes to business people experiencing the most severe increase in workplace stress, the USA comes top of the table (35%)
    France records the lowest proportion of business people experiencing a severe increase in workplace stress (10.6%)
    Severe Stress
  • 11. Focus on profitability
    Internationally, the most cited cause of workplace stress is
    “increased focus on profitability”
  • 12. Size matters?
    More people in larger companies have experienced a rise in workplace stress, possibly because the potential for downsizing is by definition greater in larger firms.
  • 13. Workforce leaving
    There is a clear correlation between increases in workplace stress and the likelihood of key employees leaving
  • 14. Workforce off sick
    12% of firms had been forced to dismiss staff signed off with stress in the past year
  • 15. Reduce workplace stress
    Flexible working practices can be introduced:
    • Job sharing
    • 16. Variable start and finish times
    • 17. Part-paid career breaks
    • 18. Exchanges with other firms
    • 19. Accommodate maternity / paternity policies
    • 20. Holiday purchase schemes
    • 21. Work / life balance focus
  • Flexible working reduces stress
    Working practices and workplace solutions can be changed in order to reduce employee stress and improve retention of key personnel
    Virtual office workers are 10% to 20% more productive than they would be in permanent offices
  • 22. Change the workplace
    Fortune reports that 84 of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ allow employees to telecommute or work from home at least 20% of the time
  • 23. Final Thoughts
    Has there been a rise in stress levels in business executives in the last two years?
    Does the trend vary across countries?
    Does flexible workplace arrangements reduce stress levels?