stress - the  facts (HSE & CIPd)

According to the HSE:


  • 526,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2016/17

  • 12.5 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17

  • Stress is more prevalent in public service industries, such as education; health and social care; and public administration and defence.

  • By occupation, jobs that are common across public service industries (such as healthcare workers; teaching professionals; business, media and public service professionals) show higher levels of stress as compared to all jobs.

  • The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety (LFS) were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

Stress, depression or anxiety per 100,000 workers: new and long standing

Industries with higher than average rates of stress, depression or anxiety, averaged 2014/15 - 2016/17

Stress, Depression or anxiety cause, averaged 2009/10 - 2011/12

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development annual Absence Management Survey (2016) says that:


  • Stress is the most common cause of long-term absence, and is the second most common cause of short-term absence after minor illness.

  • Nearly a third of respondents report that stress-related absence in their organisation has increased over the past year, although this rises to half of public sector organisations.

  • Overall, two-fifths of organisations claim an increase in reported mental health problems (such as anxiety and depression) among employees in the past 12 months.

  • Just over three-fifths of organisations are taking steps to identify and reduce stress in the workplace, although a third of those who include stress among their top five causes of absence are not taking any steps to address it.

  • One in ten organisations have a standalone well-being strategy in support of their wider organisation strategy, while a further 25% have a well-being plan/programme as part of a wider people strategy.

  • The most common causes of stress at work are volume of work (55%), non-work factors (relationships/family) (33%) and poor management style (32%). Other home factors (27%) and changes in the work environment (26%) are also high on the list.


Richard Mill

North Oak

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