Lack of support will add to strain

Workplace stress is set to worsen over the next 20 years due to a lack of control over work and a lack of social support, according to a report on future lifestyle.

Richard Worsley, co-author of The Tomorrow Project report, said, “Most people can cope with the peaks and pressures of the demands. What they find much harder is being responsible for results which they don’t control.”

The former group personnel director of BT and British Aerospace said staff found it difficult to cope with the absence of social support at work – having no one to turn to for praise or advice.

“Organisations which ignore this will pay the price in stress symptoms such as absenteeism, low morale and conflict”

The three-year research is supported by 22 companies

www.foresight.gov.uk

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