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Young professionals bear the brunt of increasing work-related stress.

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It’s no surprise that stress is bad for your health – but it is surprising just how much stress keeps piling on in our jobs.

More than half of the country is overwhelmed and can’t balance their work and home lives, according to a new survey from staffing firm Accountemps. And millennials are feeling the worst of it.

“Business is moving faster than ever, and employees can feel the crunch when it comes to imminent deadlines,” Accountemps district president Bill Driscoll said. “Workers shouldn’t suffer in silence. They can tap internal resources for help or seek advice from their managers to ensure they meet work expectations, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.”

  • 64 percent of professionals aged 18-34 say they are stressed on the job
  • 59 percent of employees aged 35-54 say they struggle with stress at work
  • 35 percent of workers aged 55 and older say they are stressed

Why can’t millennials relax at work?

One reason millennials are most stressed out at work could be their financial anxiety. Previous research shows 60 percent of them say it negatively impacts their career, and 1 in 20 millennials worry about money on an hourly basis.

Even worse —  this younger group in the office is refusing to take vacation time, with one quarter of the national population of 18- to 25-year-olds saying they won’t use vacation time this year compared to 1 in 10 of Americans overall.

How can we handle our stress better?

Accountemps has tips for employees and their managers to alleviate work-related stress:

                            Employees                           Managers
Stay organized with tasks. Schedule your day around your most important assignments. Work on one thing at a time, and don’t juggle two things at once.


Prioritize individual team members’ workloads. Meet with them individually and set realistic expectations about project deadlines and desired outcomes.
If you have too much on your plate, you have to speak up. Your manager isn’t you, and they won’t know how much is too much if you haven’t asked for help.Offer your team stress-management and wellness tips or programs. Encourage yoga or meditation classes available to them.
Take a break throughout the day. Taking your mind off work for a short amount of time during the day can increase productivity when you are focused on work.Work can’t be serious all the time. Yes, you do have a job to get done, but laughter and camaraderie can lead to more work satisfaction and happiness.

Limiting stress in the work place can increase productivity and decrease future problems for your company.

“A stressed employee can have detrimental effects on the department or company, including decreased morale and productivity, and increased burnout and turnover,” Driscoll said. “Managers should look for signs their staff is overworked – like missed deadlines or excessive overtime – and talk to employees to pinpoint triggers and implement stress-relieving solutions.”

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About the Author

Joe Pye

Joe Pye

Joe Pye is a certified debt management professional. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Florida Atlantic University’s student-run newspaper, the University Press. He was a finalist for the Mark of Excellence award by the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 for feature writing and in-depth reporting. He now covers personal finance topics for uncovering trends that help readers deal with the financial world. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Florida Atlantic University.

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