As workers return to the office after a long holiday they may be suffering from ‘workplace creep’ having to deal with work issues before the work week even starts. It is cited as a primary factor in chronic workplace stress.
According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, some employers are banning weekend and late-night emails to prevent employee burnout.
Robert Half has conducted a recent survey that supports these findings:
- 39% of U.S. workers reported having the ‘Sunday Scaries,’ which is anxiety felt Sunday night before the start of the work week.
- 44% cited heavy workloads/project deadlines as the primary cause of anxiety, followed by having a challenging relationship with their manager (18%), and not liking their job duties (17%).
- Workers in some cities reported higher levels of anxiety: Sacramento, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.
- Cities with the least levels of anxiety: Nashville, Tampa, Portland, Minneapolis and Boston.