EMPLOYEES in Ireland are more stressed than their British counterparts.
Personal stress, not being about to maintain a healthy lifestyle and paying the bills were all cited as problem areas by those who took part in a Red C survey.
The poll, conducted in both Ireland and Britain on behalf of Irish consultancy firm Mercer, shows that in Ireland 82 per cent of people are facing increased personal stress.
A further 59 per cent are worried about their ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst holding down a job, and over 50 per cent are concerned both about paying their bills.
In Britain, slightly less respondents (74 per cent) said they were facing increased stress at work, with 48 per cent concerned about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
A total of 41 per cent of people were worried about paying household bills.
In Ireland, 55 per cent of people were concerned about providing for family if impacted by death or illness - in Britain that figure was 41 per cent.
Niall O’Callaghan, Partner at Mercer, said: “Irish employees are clearly suffering from the burden of increased stress and worry that is damaging their ability to concentrate and deliver the best results for their employer.
"Across all life stages and ages, employees’ personal worries about their health and financial security are having a dramatic effect on how they operate at work.
"If employees are worried, distracted, not as healthy as they could be, then they are not as engaged as they could be either. Enabling employees to address their concerns is in the interest of employers and employees."