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.


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French worker awarded €40,000 because his job was boring

10 Jun 2020

An employee of a luxury perfumes manufacturer has been awarded €40,000 in compensation by a French court after it was...

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Two-thirds experiencing disturbed nights and sleep problems during lockdown

4 Jun 2020

The lockdown is having a considerable effect on workers’ sleeping habits, with almost two-thirds (63%) of people reporting that the...

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Work is becoming worse for employee wellbeing, finds CIPD

4 Jun 2020

The proportion of people who feel that work has a positive impact on their mental health has fallen over the...

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Email ‘anxiety’ behind seven in 10 furloughed staff checking inbox

3 Jun 2020

Email ‘anxiety’ is driving almost seven in 10 furloughed employees to check their work inbox while they have been laid...

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Four in 10 doctors struggling with mental health because of pandemic

3 Jun 2020

Four in 10 doctors (41%) working on the frontline of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic are experiencing poor mental...

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Be aware of ‘secondary trauma’ among key workers, IOSH urges

28 May 2020

Employers must be aware of and understand the symptoms of ‘secondary trauma’ and ensure those who have experienced distressing circumstances...

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One in four turns to alcohol to cope with work pressure, especially when working from home

28 May 2020

Employees are more likely to turn to alcohol when experiencing work-related stress at home than switch off their work phone,...

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Three-quarters of employers see demand surging for mental health support during pandemic

22 May 2020

More than three-quarters of employers have seen an increase in requests for mental health and wellbeing support since the coronavirus...

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Acas chief: Why kindness is key at times like these

19 May 2020

Acas chief executive Susan Clews outlines some of the key points from its new mental health guidance and highlights some...

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Mental Health Awareness Week: employers must recognise coronavirus challenges

18 May 2020

As Mental Health Awareness Week begins this week, the conciliation service Acas has published new guidance to help employers and...

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Half of staff worry about disclosing health conditions during pandemic

13 May 2020

Almost half (47%) of employees would feel uncomfortable about telling their employer about a health concern during the coronavirus pandemic,...

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One in four construction workers has thought about suicide

12 May 2020

One in four (26%) construction workers contemplated suicide last year, according to trade body The Chartered Institute of Building.
Even...

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‘Businesses must be vigilant on employee stress as lockdown eases’

7 May 2020

Companies should not impose the same targets and expectations as they did before lockdown, warns a leading employment lawyer.

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More employees felt positive than negative in April, despite lockdown

4 May 2020

There were more employees who felt mentally and emotionally positive during April than felt negative, despite the coronavirus restrictions imposed...

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