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.

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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.
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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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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

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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

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