Work stress levels "lower" in UK
UK workers are among the least stressed in Europe, a survey has suggested.
Just 20% of British workers found their workplace "too stressful" compared with an average of 27% across Europe.
Switzerland and Sweden suffered the highest levels of anxiety in their job (33%), the survey by global recruitment agency Kelly Services found.
The poll of 19,000 people across 12 countries also found that male workers, older staff and those in steady jobs were under the greatest pressure.
"A certain amount of stress is inevitable and can be a good thing when it pushes people beyond their comfort zone to work harder and smarter," said Steve Girdler, marketing director of Kelly Services UK.
"But high levels of prolonged stress are not good because they impact on productivity and are associated with physical and emotional illness," he warned.
The group also found stress increased significantly with age - rising from 19% in the 15-24 age bracket to 23% for those aged 45 and above.
The report suggested these workers could also be suffering from added stress at home and increased responsibility.
Those working the longest hours found their job the most stressful - 18% for those working 30 hours or less, 34% for those clocking on for 41-50 hours, and 50% for those working longer than 51 hours.