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Stress at work

*According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2011/12, 428,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill. That’s 40% of all work-related illness.

Anxiety, Stress and Depression are the reason why 1 in 5 of us visit our GP’s.

Some people thrive from the pressure that work places upon them and find it motivates them. This is often seen as “positive pressure”. More often than not the more an employer see that an employee enjoys or thrives on the pressure the more pressure they place on the employee without realising that this added pressure can become too much and can lead to work-related stress.

It is estimated that over 12.8 million work days are lost due to stress, anxiety or depression. Work-related stress is widespread and effects people of all different levels of employment. Around 1 in 5 people admit to finding their work either very stressful or extremely stressful.

Employers have a duty of care to employees to ensure that they are working in a safe environment and this includes not putting too pressure on employees and ensuring that they risk assess employees and the jobs that they are placed in.

Symptoms of stress can manifest differently in individuals but can include:

  • Palpitations
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Panic attacks

The main inducers of stress at work are lack of support from managers, excessive workloads, excessive working hours, work-related bullying, violence or harassment.

If you or someone you know has or is suffering  from work related stress  and want some advice on making a claim then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Alisha Butler-Ward on 0800 019 0324 or by email on alishaward@burdward.co.uk

*http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/workplace-stress.aspx

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