Stress in the workplace
Recognising Workplace Stress (2016)
Stress in the workplace can affect every aspect of an organisation, from rates of absence to working relationships.
Recognising the signs of stress as early as possible will allow action to be taken before serious stress-related illness occur.
There are many factors at work that can indicate a potential problem. For an individual in the workplace, there will be changes which can include:
- Extroverts becoming withdrawn
- Becoming more accident prone
- Becoming short-tempered
- A dramatic change in weight
We all experience 'bad days', but a week or more of 'bad days' could indicate a potential problem.
Signs that your workforce are stressed can be:
- High staff turnover
- Increased absenteeism and sickness levels
- Long-hours work culture
- Employees not taking their full holiday entitlement
- Low productivity and efficiency
HIGH RISK OCCUPATIONS
Teachers, nurses, housing, welfare officers and other public sector workers, along with some professional and managerial groups, all have high prevalence rates of self-reported work-related stress, according to the latest UK Labour Force Study.
STRESS BY NUMBERS
In the UK on average
13.5 million - Total number of working days lost due to
work-related stress in the UK
30.6 - estimated number of days off work taken by each employee suffering from stress
£530 million - cost to the British economy each year of work-related stress, depression and anxiety
237,000- number of workers who reported new cases of work related stress in the UK
From the Health and Safety Inspectorate
From the UK HSE website