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OPINION

Stressing a point

Research released in mid-October came to the far-from-shocking conclusion that two in five of workers in the UK’s financial services sector are stressed.

Authors Badenoch & Clark helpfully point out that this represents 45% of the total workforce – and add that 34% of these are often stressed, while 11% are always stressed.

Closer examination of the figures is slightly more interesting: just 45% of those in ‘professional finance’ are stressed, while the total is 54% for sales, marketing and media and a whopping 65% for HR.

Why are HR workers so stressed? Perhaps if the 55% of professional finance workers that are not stressed were aware that 65% of their HR colleagues were stressed then those 55% non-stressed would join the 45% already-stressed. Because if there is one thing that HR folks get stressed out about it is the stressful prospect of having to lay large numbers of people off. So perhaps they know something that the un-stressed financiers don’t. And if they do, they should make sure to tip off the 54% of journalists who are already stressed about it first – just to stress the 46% who aren’t already stressed out a bit.

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