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Managers ‘Need To Control Work-Related Stress Epidemic’

Nov 13, 2018

Managers should take more of an active role in reducing work-related stress among their employees, as it is a problem that is getting out of control, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

The organisation made the comments following the news that 15.4 million working days were lost in 2017/18 due to work-related stress, anxiety and depression. This is a rise of almost three million compared with the year before when it was 12.4 million.

The data, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), revealed the escalating problem of poor mental health among workers, which the TUC believes more should be done about.

General secretary of the TUC Frances O’Grady stated: “Work-related stress is a growing epidemic. It’s time employers and the government took it more seriously.”

She added: “Managers need to do far more to reduce the causes of stress and support employees struggling to cope.”

Steps they can take include limiting workloads, acting against bullying in the workplace, and making sure the office is a positive and supportive place to come to every day.

According to the HSE’s figures, 595,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18, with those working in education more likely to be a victim of poor mental health than any other industry.

Last year, stress counted for nearly half (44 per cent) all of work-related illnesses, showing just how important it is to support members of staff so they do not feel under so much pressure or have too much responsibility.

One way to relieve stress among employees is to hire more staff to ease workloads. Managers who consider doing this may need to look for larger offices for sale in Livingston to accommodate their growing workforce.


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