Stress in the workplace
This factsheet was last updated in December 2015
What is work-related stress?
Occupational stress poses a risk to most businesses and compensation payments for stress are increasing. Employers need to meet the challenge by dealing with excessive and long-term causes of stress.
It's well recognised that excessive or sustained work pressure can lead to stress. The HSE's formal definition of work related stress is: ‘The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work.’ People become stressed when they feel they don’t have the resources they need (whether material, financial or emotional) to cope with these demands.
If people feel under too much stress and for too long, mental and physical illness may develop. ‘Stress can affect people mentally in the form of anxiety and depression, and physically in the form of heart disease, back pain and alcohol and drug dependency’.
Our annual absence management surveys show that stress is a major cause of long term sickness absence from work.
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