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Workplace stress is a growing problem. Difficult and demanding situations may be inevitable in the workplace but regular, consistent and chronic stress often experienced as a result, can add significantly to the damage of employees’ health and mental well-being resulting in poor work performance and increased sick leave.

According to the HSE:
‘work-related stress, depression or anxiety is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work’.

The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey show work related stress, depression and anxiety continue to represent a significant ill health condition in the workforce of Great Britain with a total number of cases in 2015/16 being 488,000 (a prevalence rate of 1,510 per 100,000 workers).

The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days equating to an average of 23.9 days lost per case.

In 2015/2016 work related stress accounted for

   37% of work related ill health  
   45% of days lost

Reasons cited as primary causes of work related stress are also consistent over time with

   lack of managerial support  
   organisational change

Larger enterprises showed significantly higher rates of work related stress than small and medium enterprises.