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.


Three in 10 employees experienced an accident or mistake because of tiredness

Almost half (46%) of employees regularly turn up to their jobs feeling too tired to work, making them more prone...

Half of staff have experienced a mental health issue in their current role

12 Sep 2018

Nearly half (48%) of people have experienced a mental health problem in their current job, yet only half of these...

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Absence for mental health up, while flu and gastro-related sick days fall

24 Aug 2018

Almost a three-quarters of a million more working days were lost in June and July because of mental health-related absence,...

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Open plan office workers more active and less stressed than those who sit alone

21 Aug 2018

Staff in open plan offices are more likely to be active and have lower stress levels during their working day...

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Offering yoga and meditation alone will not prevent stress

21 Aug 2018

Despite many employers turning to yoga and mindfulness classes to help relieve stress among their workforce, HSE’s Robert McGreal believes...

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Nearly a third of employers report rise in time off for mental health

10 Aug 2018

Almost one in three businesses have seen an increase in the number of employees taking time off to cope with...

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Staff contradict employers to state finance is biggest concern

3 Aug 2018

Financial wellbeing is employees’ biggest overall concern, research has found – although their employers suggest other issues, such as work-life...

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Action to alleviate rail chaos under way as commuter stress levels soar

30 Jul 2018

Northern rail has today reinstated 75% of the routes it had scrapped in the wake of botched timetable changes as,...

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Nearly half of employees do nothing to tackle work-related stress

27 Jul 2018

Almost half (48%) of workers in the UK do little or nothing to relieve work-related stress, a survey has found,...

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Mental health support: moving beyond the hashtag

16 Jul 2018

A new framework from Acas has highlighted how employers, managers and individuals all have a role to play in tackling...

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Job stress can heighten risk of premature death in men

7 Jun 2018

Stressful jobs are more likely to lead to premature death among men with heart problems, according to a 14-year study...

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Two in five GPs plan to quit by 2022 amid workload concerns

31 May 2018

Two in five GPs in England plan to leave the profession in the next five years, as more than 90%...

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How HR can help stressed employees cope

20 May 2018

With Mental Health Awareness Week putting stress in the spotlight, HR teams are reminded of how they can play an...

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It’s not just about mental health awareness

18 May 2018

With the proliferation of recent reports on mental health and stress in the workplace, Mental Health Awareness Week couldn’t be...

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Mental Health Awareness Week: 28% of millennials ‘work through stress’

14 May 2018

Millennials – those aged between 18 and 38 – feel under the most pressure at work, with more than a...

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