It’s not your imagination: Your boss is likely more anxiety-ridden than a year ago.
A survey of more than 1,000 managers by staffing firm OfficeTeam found that 30 percent of managers are more stressed today than a year ago. Only 11 percent said their stress level at work is lower than it was last year.
Don’t expect things to get much better, either. The survey, released this week, also found that 28 percent of managers expect their anxiety levels to increase further in the coming year. Only 8 percent are expecting their stress levels to decrease.
The survey included senior managers at companies with more than 20 employees.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that work is stressing us, and our bosses, out. Although the National Bureau of Economic Research said this week that the recession officially ended more than a year ago, many of us don’t feel like we’re in recovery. The unemployment rate is still at 9.6 percent, and those people who are lucky enough to have a job are working pretty hard to hold onto it.