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Stress at work is a major issue, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that the total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1380 per 100,000 workers.

  • The total number of working days lost due to work-related stress in 2014/15 was 9.9 million days. This equated to an average of 23 days lost per case.

What is work-related stress?

Well-organised and managed work is good for us but when insufficient attention to job design, work organisation and management has taken place, it can result in work-related stress. Work-related stress develops because a person is unable to cope with the demands being placed on them. Stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other issues such as more errors.

Stress can hit anyone at any level of the business and recent research shows that work related stress is widespread and is not confined to particular sectors, jobs or industries.


HSE's Management Standards

What are the Management Standards for work related stress?

Work-related stress statistics

HSE report the latest work-related stress, depression and anxiety statistics for Great Britain in 2014/15.

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Fit for Work can support you in work, and if you’re off sick, in a way that’s right for you. Find out more. 

Stress FAQs

HSE answer the most commonly asked questions relating to stress and the HSE's Management Standards approach to its management.


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