Construction, media, banking among high-stress sectors

Construction, media, banking among high-stress sectors
PTI
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First Published: Mon, May 14 2007. 06 57 PM IST
Updated: Mon, May 14 2007. 06 57 PM IST
New Delhi: Expectations of better performance, coupled with deadlines and competition, is taking a toll on employees in sectors like construction, banking, media, shipping and small scale industries, says a survey.
“Top sectors in which stress and mental fatigue have intensified in recent times at top and middle positions include construction, shipping, banks, government hospitals, trading houses, electronic and print media, courier companies, SSI, retail and card franchise companies,” a survey by Assocham said on 14 May.
These sectors were becoming high stress zones like BPO, call centres and IT companies due to deadlines, high performance demand, shortage of staff and threats from competitors, it said.
The working condition was another factor which contributed to the stress level of employees.
The survey said while professionals like chartered accountants, lawyers, tax consultants and those in sectors like automobile, infrastructure, advertising and NBFCs enjoyed better working conditions, others were not so lucky.
In case of construction companies, employees had to execute their work in a scheduled period keeping in mind cost and time factors.
Players in public and private banking sector tend to get stressed as they had to attract large pool of customers for various schemes besides ensuring timely recovery of loans.
Government hospitals faced acute shortage of trained staff and professionals coupled with large inflow patients, which caused stress to employees.
Employees of media organisations worked under pressure for long hours, causing insomnia and other stress related problems, Assocham found.
In case of SSI units, the employees had to put in more than 15-16 hours which affected their mental health and led to depression, it said.
The chamber has suggested that rest rooms should be set up in offices and relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga should be practised during working hours, which can act as effective stress busters.
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First Published: Mon, May 14 2007. 06 57 PM IST