05 Mar 2024

Stress biggest issue for sector staff says Ben survey

66% of automotive employees say stress has the biggest impact on their health and wellbeing, according to a new survey from Ben.

The survey of 1,000 people in the industry also found that the proportion suffering from stress in the workplace had gone up by 8% year-on-year, with those questioned citing high workloads, pressure to meet targets and not enough staff as a cause.

The survey also revealed that poor sleep has increased from 49% to 62%. 92% said their cost-of-living had increased compared with a year ago and those struggling to make ends meet has increased from 18% to 28%. In addition, worryingly, 10% in admitted to skipping meals due to rising costs.

Looking ahead to potential causes of stress for the next 12 months, 52% expected the cost-of-living crisis to affect them in the year ahead, while 33% thought supply chain shortages would have the biggest effect on their lives. A further 31% cited staff shortages.

Commenting on the survey, Health and Wellbeing Director at Ben Rachel Clift said: “With it being Stress Awareness Month, it is very timely that we’re sharing our latest survey results. In addition to stress being the biggest issue, it’s clear to see that automotive workers are also under more pressure and aren’t taking enough time to rest and relax outside of work. There are also some worrying trends relating to the cost-of-living crisis, such as skipping meals. In light of these results, we want everyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry to know that we’re there for them, so please get in touch if you’re struggling.”

For a summary of the results, go to: https://www.ben.org.uk/surveyreport2023