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Stress at work leads to absences - what can be done?

25 November 2015

In the first week of November, the hashtag #NationalStressAwarenessday trended on Twitter. Interestingly enough, recent research by job listings website, CV Library, showed that 26% of respondents take time off work due to stress.

The firm surveyed 1,100 employees and also discovered that 61% of respondents feel strain in their place of work. The research uncovered the following statistics:

• 25% of respondents do not know how to deal with stress and try to keep it to themselves.

• 61% of respondents stated that they don’t have enough time in the day to get all their tasks done.

• 24% found talking to co-workers as way to deal with stress (alongside talking to friends and family, drinking alcohol, comfort eating and taking time off work).

• When absent, 16% admitted they are too afraid to tell their boss that stress was the cause of their time off work.

• 69% found their stress comes from being rushed to complete work – and 52% feel underappreciated, which causes them stress.

• Finally, 7% of respondents are unable to achieve a good work-life balance.

In addition, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has recently warned that many businesses are not properly valuing their workers, despite claiming that people are their ‘greatest asset’. Their research showed that 97% of respondents believe that good management and investment in employees has a positive impact on the performance of a business, while 57% are either unaware of their HR data or do not use it.

This makes for worrying reading, for bosses and employees alike. As an employer, what can you do to alleviate stress in the workplace? Perhaps a good starting point would be to talk to your staff and assure them that any concerns they have about workplace stress will be listened to and taken seriously (the findings in the above research show that there is still a significant stigma attached to admitting stress in the workplace). As an employee, it’s important to seek help and advice if you feel workplace related stress.