Press Release: PM Summit survey reveals 40% of project managers suffer from prolonged stress due to work

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PM Summit, Ireland’s most diverse conference for project, programme and portfolio  management  professionals,  today  announces  the findings of  a  new study which  reveals that 40%  of Ireland’s 52,000 project  managers  have  suffered  from  prolonged  stress due  to their work.  The  study  involved  407  project  management  professionals  in  Ireland  from  a  broad  range  of sectors and was carried out with the assistance of Pan Research. 

Results reveal that 83% of respondents have had no formal training in how to manage mental health issues, including stress, within their project teams.

People in IT roles suffer most from stress, with 44% reporting that they have suffered from prolonged work stress, followed by people in the architectural, engineering and construction field where 39% report this. Conversely, the stress levels of project managers in operations and logistics were low, with only 5% revealing that they have suffered prolonged stress. 

Raymond Poole, CEO, PM Summit, commented: “When it comes to managing mental health issues within their project team, training is critical and this is borne out in the survey, which found that the least stressed category of project managers – the over 55s – have received the most training, with 31% of these having received some formal training. This contrasts with the biggest sufferers of prolonged stress – the 35-55 year olds – of whom only 17% have received some formal training.”