A poll by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) of over 1000 health and safety representatives has stated that pressures at work have reached record levels. The poll found that 70% believe stress is the main health and safety hazard at work.
The problem is even more prevalent in the public sector, with 93% of reps citing it in the top five work-place hazards. Workers in the education sector and health services are also badly hit by stress and anxiety.
Stress seems to have increased across all areas of the UK, although Northern Ireland was most affected, seeing a 13% increase over two years.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said, “The message from the shop floor is clear, stress is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. Pressures of long working hours and low job security are being felt in workplaces across the UK. It's in no-one's interests to have overstretched workforces. People who experience high anxiety are less productive and are more likely to take time off. Stress is preventable if staff have reasonable workloads, supportive managers and a workplace free from violence, bullying and harassment.”
TUC published the study to coincide with World Mental Health Day, urging employers to reduce or remove work which could make employees ill.
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