Half of construction workers lose sleep due to work-related stress

Almost half of construction workers lose sleep over their job with budget concerns, workload and client demands cited as the biggest worries, new research reveals.

According to a poll by safety barrier manufacturer, A-SAFE, 48 per cent of building, construction and architecture workers are kept awake as a result of workplace stress with some losing more than 10 hours of shuteye a week.

Almost 70 per cent of workers in the sector suffer from Sunday night blues, with the data also showing that 16 per cent of workers regularly lose sleep, with a further 32 per cent experiencing occasional loss of sleep.

Workload (35 per cent), client demands (25 per cent) and budget concerns (24 per cent) were highlighted as people’s biggest worries at work. Line management (25 per cent), workplace politics (18 per cent) and salary (14 per cent) were also revealed as factors contributing to loss of sleep.

James Smith, co-owner of A-SAFE said: “Everyone at work will come across workplace stress or worries at some point in their career, and it’s really interesting to see the various factors affecting people working in the UK, to help inform how to best address the issue."

In addition, the poll of 1,000 people working in the industry also discovered that workplace worries resulted in employees feeling especially drained and tired after work (23 per cent), with one in five (19 per cent) reporting a loss of their sense of humour, and 23 per cent also claimed their job caused issues in their personal relationships.

“We wanted to see how employees in different industries cope with workplace stresses, and what impact this might have on Health & Safety. The results suggest that worries at work can have a negative impact on life outside the office, leading to actions that could affect work performance," said Smith.

“We hope the findings give insight into exactly what contributes to work-related stress, and help employers ensure these factors don’t impact on the health and wellbeing of employees and the day-to-day running of their business.”

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