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.

It’s not just about mental health awareness

With the proliferation of recent reports on mental health and stress in the workplace, Mental Health Awareness Week couldn’t be...

Mental Health Awareness Week: 28% of millennials ‘work through stress’

14 May 2018

Millennials – those aged between 18 and 38 – feel under the most pressure at work, with more than a...

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Would flexible access to salaries help financial wellbeing?

11 May 2018

Could giving employees access to their salaries as they earn, rather than making them wait until pay day, be the...

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Barristers face mental health ‘crisis’ as workloads and hours increase

9 May 2018

Criminal barristers are experiencing a “mental health crisis”, according to the Criminal Bar Association, with almost half of criminal law...

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Almost half of IT employees feel stressed out

20 Apr 2018

Almost half (45%) of people working in IT feel stressed, as organisations try to tackle the increasing threat of cybercrime, ...

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Majority of employers don’t offer financial support to staff

19 Apr 2018

More than two-thirds (67%) of organisations do not offer any form of financial support to their staff, according to a...

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Wellbeing ‘auto-enrolment’ scheme could relieve burden on NHS

18 Apr 2018

An auto-enrolment-style scheme for wellbeing programmes – funded in part by employers and in part by employees’ National Insurance contributions...

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Workforce happiness weakened by overwork and lack of development

11 Apr 2018

Overall workforce happiness is being dragged down by a lack of training and development opportunities for lower-skilled workers and high...

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Employee wellbeing: Is it ever OK to show emotion at work?

6 Apr 2018

Hillary Clinton’s former head of communications has urged women in business to cry more – going against the conventional advice...

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Four in five office workers ‘burnt out’, claims report

4 Apr 2018

Four in five office workers feel burnt out, with the majority expecting their stress levels to increase further, according to...

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Six in 10 employees experience workplace stress

15 Feb 2018

Almost six in 10 employees (59%) feel stressed because of their work, with those in finance, Government and healthcare under...

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Recovery time from workplace stress is key to developing resilience

5 Feb 2018

A lifestyle assessment tool used with Honda dealers has shown how individual employees recover from workplace stress, and helped boost...

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Employers need to take practical steps to tackle mental health issues

5 Feb 2018

There needs to be a shift towards taking practical steps to help employees with mental health issues, rather than simply...

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Parents reveal struggle to balance work and home life

19 Jan 2018

Almost one in five (18%) working parents have deliberately slowed down their career progression as they have struggled to balance...

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Don’t let toxic workplace habits get in the way in 2018

22 Dec 2017

Addiction doesn’t have to mean substance dependency – many people have established toxic workplace habits that can make them unhealthy...

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