Stress

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work”. Employers have a legal duty to manage the risks to employees’ health and safety, including the risks arising from stress.

Stress is frequently identified as one of the biggest causes of long-term sickness absence in employee absence studies and surveys. Following a good practice approach to managing stress is likely to have organisational benefits for employers, including reducing sickness absence.


Academic staff suffer ‘epidemic’ of poor mental health

There is an “epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff, according to Freedom of Information requests gathered from...

Managers lack tools needed to support staff mental health

13 May 2019

Six in 10 line managers think they do not get enough help from their organisation to support the mental wellbeing...

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Blurring of work and home life is the tip of the tech iceberg

13 May 2019

New technology is often hailed as the UK’s economic saviour. But have we appreciated AI’s potential for radically altering workplace...

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Only 14% workers feel comfortable talking about mental health

13 May 2019

Employees are three times more likely to discuss their physical health over mental illness at work, a survey has found,...

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How should employers support returning mothers’ mental health?

9 May 2019

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a stressful time for a new mother and managers should be alive...

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Older workers wait 54 days before seeking mental health advice

17 Apr 2019

Despite two-thirds of over-55s experiencing symptoms of mental ill health, workers in this age group are most likely to delay...

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Understaffing increases work-related stress, survey finds

16 Apr 2019

Colleagues, especially a lack of them or if they’re not pulling their weight, are the biggest causes of work-related stress,...

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Majority of absence and presenteeism could be addressed by ‘targeted’ employer support

15 Apr 2019

Three-quarters of ill health-related presenteeism and absence in 2018 came from factors that employers could have influenced or addressed, according...

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Organisations should improve support for bereaved staff, research suggests

15 Apr 2019

Bereaved employees could struggle to cope with stressful and demanding work after they return to work if appropriate support is...

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Hot desking affects wellbeing for eight in 10 office workers

10 Apr 2019

Eight in 10 office workers claim workplace seating arrangements – including hot desking – have a negative effect on their...

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Poor management has led to spike in stress absence

9 Apr 2019

Stress-related absence has increased for two-fifths of organisations in the past year, according to new research from the CIPD and Simplyhealth.

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Shift work ‘increases coronary artery disease risk’

1 Apr 2019

Shift work has a harmful effect on cardiovascular function, with the risk of developing coronary artery disease increasing the longer...

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A tenth of women experience ‘unmanageable’ stress

1 Apr 2019

One in 10 female employees in the UK are finding their stress “unmanageable”, with heavy workloads and financial worries among...

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Engineer lets rip at flatulent manager in bid for compensation

26 Mar 2019

An engineer in Australia is demanding almost £1m in compensation ($AUS 1.8m) because his manager constantly farted in their small,...

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Two in five men avoid talking about mental health worries

21 Mar 2019

The charity Samaritans has launched a campaign to encourage men to seek help if they have a mental health worry...

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