Half of workers in Ireland struggle with stress

Stress is a huge issue in Ireland and can cause serious damage to one’s mental health. A recent study has shown that nearly half of working adults regularly feel stressed at work.

Almost half of working adults in Ireland regularly feel stressed at work with more women experiencing stress than men, research commissioned by Aramark has found.

The research was undertaken by Amárach Research as part of Aramark’s annual TAKE15 campaign which aims to promote good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

During the month of October, people across Aramark’s 464 sites in Ireland and the UK, as well as the wider public, are encouraged to take 15 minutes out of their working day away from phone calls, computers and smart phones to unwind and to talk to colleagues and reconnect.

The research sampled 578 people in employment across Ireland in a range of age groups. It found that nearly half (49pc) of working adults regularly feel stressed at work.

It also found that only 51pc of workers felt comfortable discussing their mental health or the fact that they are feeling stressed at work with their employer or line manager.

A major reason for workers suffering stress is believed to stem from workers not taking a break during the working day. Only one in five, or 20pc, of working adults use their allocated breaks meaning they are spending more time on their phones, computers or in meetings.

Commenting on the research, Shane Flynn, managing director for food services and facilities management at Aramark Ireland said; “This research confirms what we have long suspected – people are stressed at work and need to be better supported in how they deal with that stress. We know that stress is having an impact on the individual and on the business in terms of lost productivity.

“We also know that speaking to someone when you don’t feel ok is hugely important, so it’s concerning that 49% of people said they wouldn’t feel comfortable speaking about their mental health to their employer or line manager. We all have a role to play if we are to change this culture and employers need to fully support campaigns on workplace wellbeing.

“We all need to mind our mental health by taking regular breaks at work and our #TAKE15 campaign is growing every year as more and more employers understand the importance of supporting their employees’ physical and mental wellbeing. This year our 16,000 employees will be joined by thousands of people from client employment sites all across Ireland, the UK and in the North Sea.”

Aramark is a leading integrated services supplier of facilities management, food, property and energy services. Aramark employs over 16,000 people throughout Northern Europe.

Written by Stephen Larkin

Photo within article: By Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Published: 10 October, 2019