Biggest cause of workplace stress - office politics


Biggest cause of workplace stress - office politics
Office politics has become the biggest cause of workplace stress for British employees, according to a new survey of managers.

The 490 managers questioned by research firm Roffey Park ranked office politics even above the traditional pressure points of increased workload and management style.

Valerie Garrow, principal researcher at Roffey Park, said: "The overall rise in organisational politics accompanies the decline of traditional hierarchical organisational structures in favour of flatter, more democratic structures.

"As command and control style leadership has become less effective in these organisations, managers have had to become more adept at influencing, negotiating and navigating organisational networks in order to get things done."

Conflict in the workplace was believed by respondents to have increased, with 44 per cent of survey participants believing that organisational politics is the main cause for this.

The research also found that underperforming organisations were more likely to report an increase in office politics and see this as a source of conflict.

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