Stress affects more than half of the UK workforce

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. More than half the UK workforce believes it suffers above-average stress atwork. A study by the British Market Research Bureau also reveals that public sectorworkers are even more stressed – with 60 per cent claiming they feel”above average stress and pressure”. The survey of 1,526 workers shows almost half the workforce (47 per cent)feel their job forces them to make sacrifices in the area of work and personalbalance and 40 per cent feel they devote too much time to work. However, it shows that pressured staff will stay with their employer. Thereport finds that 53 per cent of workers who feel their work-life balance iswrong still expect to be with their employer in two years’ time, compared with55 per cent of those who feel their balance is right. Many who feel stressed still feel proud of their workplace – 70 per cent ofthose who believe their work-life balance is wrong are proud of their employer,compared to 73 per cent of those happy with their balance. Health and Safety Commission chairman Bill Callaghan said the UK urgentlyneeds to tackle stress, and that there is a business case for doing so. “Iam amazed at the complacent attitude to work-related stress in somequarters,” he said. “Too often I hear phases like ‘a little stressdoesn’t do any harm’.” Callaghan said HSE research shows that work-related stress costs UKemployers £400m a year. “In human terms, depression, anxiety or a physical condition ascribedto work related stress – on average – results in half a million people per yearreporting stress at levels making them ill.” By Quentin ReadeHow the HSE intends to help tackle stress:– Launch a new training and resourcewebsite:– Encourage best practice and benchmarking (at– Build a business case for action– Develop management standards for measuring the effectivenessof dealing with occupational stress Previous Article Next Article Stress affects more than half of the UK workforceOn 22 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img

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