25% of employees have quit a job because of work stress

A quarter of workers in the US and UK say they had to leave a job because of work-related stress according to a new survey.

New data from collaborative work management platform Wrike shows that 25% of workers surveyed in America and the UK say that they have quit a position because of work stress.

For the research, 1,613 adult, full-time office employees in the US and UK were polled via SurveyMonkey Audience – 68% in the US and 32% in the UK.

What work stress has driven employees to do

People in both nations weighed in on what they’ve done because of work stress, with the option to pick multiple choices:

  • “Searched for a new job:” 56%
  • “Been unable to sleep:” 54%
  • “I’ve stopped caring / ‘Checked out:’ ” 46%
  • “Taken unplanned time off:” 39%
  • “Taken it out on my friends/family:” 38%
  • “Lost my temper at work:” 35%
  • “Quit a job:” 25%
  • “Asked for a raise:” 18%
  • “Threatened to quit:” 16%
  • “Sought professional help for stress management:” 15%
  • “Filed complaints through official channels:” 12%
  • “None of these:” 9%

Here’s how stressed people actually are while at work

When asked about their “average level of stress” in the office, a slim 5% of Americans said they have none, while 27% said it’s “low,” 39% said it’s “moderate,” 23% said it’s “high” and 6% said it’s “unsustainably high.”

But when all workers were surveyed about their reasons for feeling stressed, 39% said it’s because of “poor communication,” 28% said it’s due to “team members not pulling their weight on projects,” and 25% said it was because of “bottlenecks, waiting on others to take action.”

Wrike CEO Andrew Filev commented on the research in a statement:

“The pace of work has accelerated as a result of a number of converging trends from digitalization to the on-demand economy and globalization. … Work is often expected yesterday, and in trying to keep up with the sometimes breakneck speed, workers are stressing themselves to the point of burnout,” he said. “This report shows that communication and collaboration must be optimized — just like the assembly line during the Industrial Revolution – with digital tools that make work as frictionless as possible, increase productivity, and create a place where teamwork can thrive.”

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.