Half of building, construction and architecture workers lose sleep over their job

A nationwide poll by international safety barrier manufacturer, A-SAFE, has revealed that people working in the building, construction and architecture industry lose sleep as a direct result of workplace worries.

The company polled 1,000 people working in industries including automotive, food and drink, logistics and transport, retail and government, and found that nearly half (48 per cent) of building, construction and architecture workers lose sleep over their job. The data showed that around 16 per cent of workers regularly lose sleep, with a further 32per cent experiencing occasional loss of sleep.

The poll, which found that some building, construction and architecture workers are losing more than 10 hours of shuteye a week, identified workload (35 per cent), client demands (25 per cent) and budget concerns (24 per cent) as people’s biggest worries at work. Line management (25 per cent), workplace politics (18 per cent) and salary (14 per cent) were also revealed as factors contributing to loss of sleep.

In addition to loss of sleep, the poll also discovered that workplace worries result in employees feeling especially drained and tired after work (23 per cent), 1 in 5 (19 per cent) reported a loss of their sense of humour, and 23 per cent of those working in the sector also claimed their job caused issues in their personal relationships.

James Smith, Co-owner of A-SAFE said:

“Everyone at work will come across workplace stress or worries at some point in their career, and it’s really interesting to see the various factors affecting people working in the UK, to help inform how to best address the issue.”

“We wanted to see how employees in different industries cope with workplace stresses, and what impact this might have on Health & Safety. The results suggest that worries at work can have a negative impact on life outside the office, leading to actions that could affect work performance.”

“We hope the findings give insight into exactly what contributes to work-related stress, and help employers ensure these factors don’t impact on the health and wellbeing of employees and the day-to-day running of their business.”