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.


Stressed staff turn to ‘unhealthy’ coping mechanisms over professional help

Many workers who feel stressed are turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol and “stress eating” rather than seeking...

Record number of staff receiving mental health first aid training

2 Sep 2019

Organisations are training record numbers of employees in mental health first aid in order to combat rising reports of stress,...

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men's mental health at work

Men fear abilities will be questioned if mental health is raised, survey finds

22 Aug 2019

Four in 10 men who struggle with their mental health feel unable to talk to their manager about it because...

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Third of staff under ‘extreme’ pressure while colleagues are on holiday

20 Aug 2019

More than a third (34%) of staff claim they feel under “extreme” pressure or have panic attacks because of the...

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Surge in mental health issues at Hinkley Point C ‘highly disturbing’

14 Aug 2019

There has been a surge in the number of workers on the Hinkley Point C construction project who are grappling...

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mental health sickness absence

Majority of staff hiding real reason for suspected mental health absence

31 Jul 2019

Eighty-eight per cent of organisations believe employees have taken sickness absence because of mental ill health over the past year,...

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France Telecom protest

Telecoms giant awaits verdict on top executives in staff suicides case

12 Jul 2019

A trial of senior executives could lead to jail sentences over a wave of suicides as employees suffered appalling levels of workplace stress

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financial-services-mental-health

Financial services staff reluctant to raise mental health concerns, survey finds

25 Jun 2019

Three-quarters of staff who have a mental health concern are reluctant to make use of support provided by their employer,...

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working long hours stroke risk

Working long hours increases stroke risk, study finds

21 Jun 2019

Working long hours on a regular basis can increase the risk of stroke, according to a study.
People who worked...

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Pressure to meet targets means GPs may miss health conditions

21 Jun 2019

Increasing paperwork, time pressures and a focus on meeting targets could mean that GPs are missing potentially life-threatening conditions, a...

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Generation z staff health

Encourage healthier habits among Generation Z, employers urged

20 Jun 2019

Organisations need to be aware of the health challenges faced by younger employees and the impact this might have on...

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Over half don’t seek help after self-harming

5 Jun 2019

There has been a rise in the number of people self-harming, but more than half do not seek medical or...

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Academic staff suffer ‘epidemic’ of poor mental health

23 May 2019

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

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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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