Work related stress or stress at work accounts for 37% of all ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health. The total number of working days lost in 2015/16 was 11.7 million.
The overall economic cost to Great Britain was estimated to be over £5 billion.
While the highest incidence rates are recorded in the public services – education, health and social care, prisons, emergency services, and local and central government – there is increasing evidence that it is becoming a significant problem in other sectors.
When it is prolonged, stress can lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical conditions. The key stressors are high workloads, high demands and insufficient support from managers.
The guidance available at the HSE website can help you to make sure that you are managing workplace stress and recognising the signs and symptoms of stress at work.