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.


Cost of poor mental health to employers up 16% in three years, argues report

The cost of poor mental health to employers has risen by 16% over the past three years, research by Deloitte...

One in four would risk health for their job

6 Jan 2020

A quarter of workers would put their own health at risk to ensure a work task is completed, according to...

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More employees will look for new jobs in 2020

6 Jan 2020

More than half of workers could be on the move to a new employer this year – up 8% on...

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Keep it simple to beat the New Year blues

3 Jan 2020

Some of the answers to the New Year blues and SAD reside in an observance of simpler pleasures and not...

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Better coping strategies needed to manage business travel ill-effects

3 Jan 2020

A psychologist has suggested business travellers should develop “coping strategies” after a survey revealed employees' health problems stemming from lengthy periods spent flying or driving.

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Trader diagnosed with depression after excessive working wins tribunal claim

20 Dec 2019

A trader who became ill after working excessive hours in an understaffed department was discriminated against because of his mental...

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Former France Télécom managers jailed following staff suicides

20 Dec 2019

French telecom company Orange and three former senior executives have been found guilty of collective moral harassment in the way...

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All I want for Christmas is resilience

20 Dec 2019

Relying on the Christmas break to provide a window of relief – dragging ourselves across the finishing line as it were – is misconceived. Instead, we should use this holiday to strengthen our resilience.

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Seasonal affective disorder: How to support staff through the winter

20 Dec 2019

Seasonal affective disorder can significantly affect employees' day-to-day activities. Simon Blake explains how OH can support staff.

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Employees’ money worries ‘costing employers billions’

16 Dec 2019

Financial worries are costing employers billions every year in absenteeism, lost productivity and turnover costs – but organisations are doing...

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OH needs to work more with other professions on wellbeing strategies, says SOM

11 Dec 2019

Occupational health professionals should get more involved in the provision of wellbeing services and need to work more with other...

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Few employees using mental health and wellbeing benefits

3 Dec 2019

Almost half (49%) of employers agree that poor mental health is the biggest health and wellbeing challenge they are facing,...

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‘Commit to mental health first aid in party manifestos’, politicians urged

19 Nov 2019

Politicians have been urged to commit to putting mental and physical first aid on an equal footing if they win...

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One worker in three considers leaving their job because of stress

6 Nov 2019

More than a third of employees (35%) have considered leaving their job because of work-related stress brought on by heavy...

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CIPD’s Peter Cheese: HR’s role in improving mental health

10 Oct 2019

On World Mental Health Day, HR teams have been reminded of the scale of the mental ill health “epidemic” and...

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