Home is stressing out dads

New research looking at causes of stress finds dads reporting lots of it and some surprising triggers.

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Men are finding home life more stressful than work.

New research into the causes of stress among working parents found the majority of men reporting that they felt more stressed at home than at work. Women reported the opposite.

The research, commissioned by office supplies company Cartridge People, surveyed over 1000 workers including self employed people.

43% of men said their workload left them feeling stressed. One in eight said they felt stressed every day.

Paternity leave

The findings suggest men are struggling to cope with added societal demands to be a success at work and among their family. It’s possible men feel stressed at home because they don’t get the opportunity to learn vital childcare skills. More paternity leave would address that issue. It also points to men feeling under strain with regard to the mental load at home.

The research found that the most popular way to address stress is to go for a walk. Other strategies include going on social media or hiding out in the toilets at work.

As many as 15 million working days are lost every year due to stress and stress related illness.


The findings also threw up an interesting result in the context of the current general election campaign. 15% of people questioned said Brexit was making them more stressed. That suggests solving Brexit could improve people’s quality of life and home and potentially allow them to focus more at work, increasing productivity.

Andrew Davies of Cartridge People said, “This data identifies the number of men, many of whom are dads, that are currently stressed at work and the varying ways they’re trying to cope. At a time of political uncertainty and the pressure to ensure you stay in employment, steps must be taken by employers as well as the employees themselves to make mental health a priority in the workplace.”

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