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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Financial services stress levels at highest since crash

The number of stress-related absences in financial services is higher now than in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial...

More than 50% rise in workers seeking counselling

16 Jan 2019

Employers should be given more support to help staff with poor mental health, counsellors have urged, as they report rising...

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Nearly one in three unable to mentally switch off from work

16 Jan 2019

Almost a third of workers find it difficult to “switch off” from work in their personal time, putting them more...

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Half of employees feel ‘psychologically unsafe’

20 Dec 2018

More than half of employees feel “psychologically unsafe” at work, but only a handful of organisations prioritise this area of...

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Staff question level of mental health support offered by employers

3 Dec 2018

Four in 10 staff say their employer does not offer mental health support in any form, despite increasing awareness of...

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Employers urged to sign charter on domestic violence

26 Nov 2018

Employers are being encouraged to take a more supportive role on domestic violence.  
The GMB union is asking employers to...

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Mental health first aid presents ‘safety concerns’ for trained staff

23 Nov 2018

Researchers have identified “potential safety concerns” with widespread use of mental health first aid (MHFA), following recent pleas for the...

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OH should take a ‘gendered approach’ to tackling mental ill health

19 Nov 2018

Terms like “mental ill health” risk alienating men, and occupational health should focus on tackling more general health concerns to...

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Employers press Theresa May to make mental health first aid mandatory

19 Nov 2018

More than 50 leaders of some of the UK’s biggest employers have signed a letter urging the government to make...

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Over-50s least comfortable talking about mental health at work

16 Nov 2018

Workers aged 50 and over are the least comfortable discussing their mental health at work, suggesting that more still needs...

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Solicitor who endured ‘dreadful’ working conditions banned for dishonesty

14 Nov 2018

A solicitor who misled a client about the progression of her case has been...

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Three in 10 men have experienced a work-related mental health issue

14 Nov 2018

Almost one-third (29%) men who work full time have suffered a work-related mental health issue of some sort, with almost...

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Portrayal of PTSD may damage veterans’ job prospects

9 Nov 2018

A government minister has blamed film and TV producers for promoting images of former armed forces personnel that may encourage...

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Stress causes loss of sleep for nearly half UK workforce

7 Nov 2018

Work stress has led to nearly half of UK workers to look for a new job, according to new research...

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Working days lost to stress increase by nearly a quarter

31 Oct 2018

The number of working days lost to stress rose by almost a quarter last year, suggesting that employers need to...

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