By Daniel Hunter

The festivities are over and office workers are returning to high stress levels according to a new Regus report, with half of the UK’s workforce (48%) saying they are closer to burning out than they were just five years ago.

The top triggers of workplace stress are lack of exercise, feeling understaffed and job insecurity, according to the report that canvassed over 3000 of the UK’s business people about their work environment.

However, with the pressure on to find ways of reducing stress, many workers believe one way of easing the tension is a break from the main office — at least some of the time. A significant majority of respondents (68%) found a change of scenery such as working from another location to be a good stress reliever.

In fact, having the freedom to occasionally work away from the main office is seen as a key factor in achieving a good work-life balance; two thirds of respondents believe workers that have this flexibility are happier. The experiences of those lucky enough to be able to work flexibly further support this. Three in five (62%) say they are more content now that they work outside the main office some of the time.

Similarly, freelance workers also tend to be more relaxed according to the research. 53% of those questioned say that they think freelance workers, with their freedom to change location and set their own hours, are less stressed than regular staff.

Richard Morris, UK CEO at Regus said: “Stress levels are mounting in the workplace as a result of various factors; workers feel desk-bound and under-resourced.

“Dedicated workspaces offer the flexibility to work in a variety of locations. This is the future of work, and brings a number of benefits including improved productivity and employee well-being.”

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