How big is the problem?
- About 1 in 7 people say that they find their work either very or extremely stressful (Psychosocial working conditions in Britain in 2007).
- In 2005/06 just under half a million people in the UK reported experiencing work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill.
- Depression and anxiety are the most common stress-related complaints seen by GPs, affecting 20% of the working population of the UK.
- When stress leads to absence, the average length of sick leave is 30.1 days (Labour Force Survey 2005/06). This average is much higher than the average length of sick leave for work-related illness in general (21.2 days).
- A total of nearly 11 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 2005/06.
The key reasons to manage work-related stress are direct and indirect costs to the business. Research has shown work-related stress to have adverse effects for business in terms of:
- Employee commitment to work
- Staff performance and productivity
- Accidents caused by human error
- Staff turnover and intention to leave
- Attendance levels
- Staff recruitment and retention
- Customer satisfaction
- Organisational image and reputation
It is also worth thinking about the impact that work-related stress could have on your team. For example, losing one colleague for an extended period with a stress-related illness can have a dramatic impact on the workload and morale of the rest of the team
By taking action to manage the causes of stress in your workplace, you can prevent or reduce the impact of these problems on your organisation and bring about business benefits.
We can help by aiding you with risk assessment, stress awareness training for managers and staff, and support for employees who may be affected.