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.


Just 1% ‘never’ experience work-related stress, finds survey

Just 1% of employees claim never to experience work-related stress, a survey conducted for Stress Awareness Month this month (April)...

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Financial services staff ‘more stressed than in 2008 financial crisis’

6 Apr 2020

The number of stress-related absences in financial services in the past few years had risen to their highest level since...

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Don’t cull health and wellbeing benefits when needed most, employers warned

6 Apr 2020

Employers are being urged to resist the temptation to suspend or cull employee health benefits as part of a cost-cutting...

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How can essential employers cope with increased demand on HR?

3 Apr 2020

With so much focus on furlough and emergency support for struggling employers during the coronavirus crisis, what about those organisations...

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Coronavirus: workers worried about future and ‘overwhelmed’ by the news

2 Apr 2020

Almost half (47%) of UK adults say their mental health has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak – especially those...

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Mental health: why employees don’t ask for help (webinar)

30 Mar 2020

ON -DEMAND | | As coronavirus has an unprecedented impact on people's lives, employees' mental health is in the spotlight. But admitting...

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Nine out of 10 working in TV, film and cinema experience mental ill health

27 Mar 2020

Almost nine in 10 people working in the UK’s film, TV and cinema industries say they have experienced a mental...

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Coronavirus: how should occupational health support its mental health effects?

19 Mar 2020

As organisations and the government step up measures to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Professor Neil Greenberg, in...

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Ill health costs firms 38 days per employee in lost productivity

21 Feb 2020

Employers lost on average 38 working days per worker to physical and mental health-related absence and presenteeism in 2019, costing...

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Rise in stress-related fit notes prompts call to investigate causes

20 Feb 2020

Employers have been urged to do more to uncover the root causes of absence, after it was revealed the number...

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NHS staff survey reveals little progress in boosting health and wellbeing

19 Feb 2020

Only three out of 10 (29.3%) NHS staff say their trust takes positive action on health and wellbeing, with many...

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How stopping rudeness in its tracks can make work a safer place

18 Feb 2020

Uncivil and rude behaviour seems to be increasing in the workplace, making it difficult to confront difficult situations. But a...

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Presenteeism blights seven in 10 organisations, poll finds

12 Feb 2020

Seven in 10 (71%) business leaders have witnessed “presenteeism” in their organisations over the past 12 months, with the behaviour...

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Nurse unfairly dismissed for wanting to commence NHS whistleblowing process

11 Feb 2020

A senior district nurse with 38 years’ experience was unfairly dismissed after she told management of her wish to instigate...

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Director who resigned in ‘heat of the moment’ was unfairly dismissed

10 Feb 2020

The managing director of an electrical supplies company who resigned “in the heat of the moment” was unfairly dismissed.
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