A lack of flexible working options is causing high levels of stress for UK employees, whose wellbeing is being put at risk, according to new research.

A study conducted by payroll firm ADP has revealed that 88 per cent of workers are regularly experiencing stress at work, while nearly 43 per cent believe it is a constant factor in their roles. Only 12 per cent of employees feel they never experience stress in the workplace.

Despite these findings, 79 per cent of UK workers feel their employer is trying to support their stress levels and help them manage their workload, with 31 per cent suggesting that achieving a good work-life balance was the key to reducing work stress.

Around 29 per cent also suggested that having flexible working practices that allowed them to work where they wish could reduce their work stress, while 37 per cent said they would like to adopt a completely flexible working pattern.

Leon Vergnes, Senior Vice President EMEA, at ADP, suggested that the survey indicates employee attitudes towards work-life balance have shifted dramatically. He added: "The appetite for flexible working opportunities is on the rise, and we also expect to see an increasing demand for employee benefits that support health and wellbeing."

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