Low pay causes the most stress for workers
Employees across the region say that low pay, a lack of job security and a poor office environment are the biggest cause of stress in the workplace. A poll conducted by Bayt.com revealed that more than half of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region agree that workplaces today are more stressful than they were a few years ago (52 per cent), and more than two thirds (69.1 per cent) agree that they feel more pressure at work this year in comparison to last year. The majority of respondents feel overwhelmed at work (83 per cent), with 26.2 per cent feeling overwhelmed ‘all of the time’, and 74.8 per cent claiming that jobs at their companies are more demanding than others. More than a third (35 per cent) claim to spend too much time at work, while a quarter say that they spend just the right amount of time. Just 2.9% admit that they are spending too little time at work. A low salary is the main stress factor at work for 28.2 per cent of MENA respondents. Other stress factors include a lack of job security (12.3 per cent), the workplace environment (9.7 per cent) and not having a work-life balance (9.1 per cent).