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San Francisco, March 30, 2015 – A new work-life balance survey by project management software producer InLoox released today unveiled the current state of stress and appreciation in the workplace. The survey, conducted among more than 200 participants, found that the most stressful situations in everyday work life are caused by human factors. While some would expect that challenging circumstances, such as a heavy workload or demanding professional goals cause the most stress, InLoox revealed that a major factor in elevated stress levels is a lack of appreciation among entry and mid-level employees.
InLoox aimed to find risk factors and crucial parameters when it comes to establishing a sensible balance between a fulfilled work life and relaxed personal time. Survey participants showed that widespread burnout has become more of a problem for employees, more so than supervisors.
A noteworthy finding is the fact that people who do not have a boss are more content with their work situation than those working directly with a supervisor. Almost all of the surveyed supervisors or self-employed persons (98%) stated that they feel appreciated in their working environment, while only 80% of employees working for a supervisor felt the same.
Other highlights of the survey found that:
A lack of appreciation raises stress levels
The survey showed that those who feel valued in their work environment are less likely to feel negative stress.
One in two employees feels pressed for time
Supervisors are more content with themselves
“The survey shows that the perception of self-determination and acknowledgement makes even high-pressure jobs bearable and even prevents stress. This is a clear signal to managers and team leaders. The human factor is crucial when you want to retain great staff. Employees, however, should not be ashamed to ask for an acknowledgement of their great work,” says InLoox CEO Dr. Andreas Tremel.
Read the full survey/whitepaper here.
InLoox engineers project management software solutions optimizing business processes and increasing productivity. InLoox’s Outlook-integrated and cloud-based project management solutions provide project managers and teams with a central workspace for collaboration on multiple projects. InLoox software is trusted by thousands of companies across all industries in the US, North America and all over the globe. Its features provide significant productivity gains to teams at global players like AVIS, US Airways, Verizon Wireless, HP, Hitachi, Novartis, Pentax, Siemens, and many more. InLoox, Inc. is privately held company founded in 2011 with headquarters in San Francisco.