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Do you live and breathe your job? Whether we like it or not the 21st century working world is pushing us, with our feet dragging, into this type of mentality.
With the pressures of heavy workloads and long commutes meaning less free time with family and friends Britain is presented with an abundance of unhappy campers. And true to form as a country we are reporting colossal increments in figures of work-related stress. Creating our own personal best’s year on year!
The definition for work related stress (according to google) is ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work." We hear it so often these days that we don’t give it a second thought, unless of course we fall prey to it ourselves or are close to people suffering its effects.
The harsh reality is we spend more time at work, with our colleagues, and commuting than we do at home or with our family or friends. So is it really any wonder we are presented with the following types of figures? The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000 cases. The number of new cases was 234,000. The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2014/15 was 9.9 million days. This equated to an average of 23 days lost per case. In 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health. (HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness in Great Britain). I know, it’s shocking.
What is visible from these stats is that nobody is winning, employees are compromising their health and companies are losing strong members of staff as well as suffering a substantial financial impact.
Work related stress is already so prevalent and will continue to go strong. It is important to take care of yourself and it is important to be in an organisation that recognises the benefits of you taking care of yourself.
The questions I would like to pose to you is what are you doing to combat work related stress? What is your organisation already doing to combat work related stress?