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.

Six in 10 employees experience workplace stress

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

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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Older workers and heat stress: challenges of working in a hot environment

30 Nov 2017

The number of older people in the workforce is increasing and with it the risks related to older workers and...

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Boardroom leadership is the key to lower employee stress

2 Nov 2017

Evidence shows that leadership style has a major impact on levels of employee stress. Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, an occupational psychologist and...

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Stress in the workplace tops reasons for EAP use

5 Oct 2017

Stress in the workplace is forcing many employees to turn to employee assistance programmes (EAPs), the Health Insurance Group has...

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Opening up about mental health at work puts staff at risk of dismissal

4 Oct 2017

Employees who disclose mental health issues at work commonly risk demotion, disciplinary action and even dismissal, research from the charity...

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Workplace support advisers: an evaluation

2 Oct 2017

Workplace support advisers were introduced in a hospital trust in 2000 to resolve issues arising between employees and their colleagues...

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More than one in three suffer anxiety, depression or stress at work

31 Aug 2017

More than one in three UK employees say they are working with anxiety, depression or stress, according to research.

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How HR can help in a tough financial climate

30 Aug 2017

With an estimated one in eight workers living in poverty and many employees feeling the squeeze of below-inflation pay awards,...

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How happiness helped Boundless grow in leaps and bounds

29 Aug 2017

Teamwork and mindfulness at work helped rebrand membership club Boundless and transform its culture. CEO Carl Fillery, a speaker at...

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Creating a climate of psychological safety in the workplace

29 Aug 2017

Psychological safety in the workplace is important for a healthy corporate culture, and can help boost mental health and profit....

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The law and mental health in the workplace

5 Jul 2017

Employers must get to grips with mental health in the workplace with politicians focusing on the issue and recent case...

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