Although the economy has shown gradual signs of improvement, on-the-job pressure is mounting for some supervisors. So says a survey from the OfficeTeam.

Thirty percent of managers interviewed said they are more stressed at work today than they were one year ago. Just 11 percent indicated work-related pressure has declined. What’s more, 28 percent of respondents expect their anxiety levels to increase in the coming year, compared to 8 percent who anticipate reduced stress. A virtual office space can help.

“Professionals at all levels are working harder and assuming more responsibilities as a result of companies relying on leaner teams,” says OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking. “Managers, in particular, may be feeling the heat as they strive to keep employees motivated and productive with limited resources.”

OfficeTeam identifies five common causes of workplace stress and tips for coping with them. One of them says, ‘There aren’t enough hours in the day!’ With a virtual office space, you don’t have to commute to and from work. Companies should consider allowing stressed managers to work at home using virtual office technologies one or more day a week.

Another stressor says, “Politics are rampant in my office.” In an uncertain economy, many professionals feel it’s necessary to do whatever it takes to stand out from their colleagues. As a result, some may resort to sabotaging the efforts of others or stealing the limelight from their more deserving team members. Letting employees work from a virtual office space in a flex-time arrangement can help your company be more productive in the end.

A third stress or is, “My manager is driving me crazy.” Your boss is a micromanager who closely monitors your every move. All the more reason to suggest virtual offices. When you work from home using virtual office technologies, you shed the micromanagement—and shed the stress.