‘Web stress’ has become a major source of frustration in the European work place. It can dent morale, cut productivity and even led to resignations. But the UK has the worst of it, according to new research from software giant CA.
Workers feel ‘web stress’ when their online applications don’t work as well as they should and the effect is rampant throughout the continent, the new research shows.
The CA study asked 1,015 workers across Europe how they felt about their work’s web-based technology. The results were pretty bleak.
In the UK, 60 percent of workers claimed to be frequently “frustrated or angry” at their poor performing web applications, the report showed. Germany was close behind with 57 percent being stressed out, while France, Spain and Italy were all in the low 40-percent range.
Of the stressed-out British workers, 69 percent viewed their employer negatively because of bad technology. Thirty six percent said they would actually consider leaving because of it, according to the study.
Work-related stress in the EU runs to around $28.2 billion per year, the study said, which is making some companies sit up and take notice of the ‘web stress’ phenomenon.