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Just over 60% of workers in the UK feel overworked, according to a new survey ahead of National Stress Awareness Day (4 Nov), with more than a quarter taking time off due to stress.

According to jobs market, CV-Library, almost a quarter of those surveyed said they don't know how to deal with stress and try to cope by themselves. However, those that do try to manage their stress do so in unhealthy fashion, turning to junk food and alcohol.

Speaking with friends and family is the most common coping mechanism, with 53.8% saying they turn to a friendly chat. Talking to co-workers are the second most common method at 23.5%. Having a few drinks (17%), comfort eating (14.7%, 23.4% for women) and taking time off (13.3%) complete the top five.

When it comes to taking time off, 15.8% of employees are too scared to tell their boss that stress was the cause of absence.

When it comes to assessing the biggest causes of stress in the workplace, feeling overworked came on top; an overwhelming 60.9% of employees believe they don’t have enough time in the day to complete basic tasks. Other common stress-inducers included:

- Being rushed to complete work (68.1%)- Feeling underappreciated (51.9%)- Dealing with poor management (19.7%)- Working with lazy colleagues (13.8%)- Failing to achieve a good work/life balance (6.9%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s worrying that such a large proportion of the UK’s working population suffers from stress, which is being caused by strained situations in the workplace. What’s more concerning is the negative stigma attached to stress that prevents employees from being honest with their boss. Staff often feel that admitting to feeling overworked or pressured will automatically create assumptions around their ability to do a job; for the benefit of both workers and businesses, this attitude needs to change.”