Stress - Top Cause Of Workplace Absence
An increasing demand for quality, performance and results is placing increased pressure on employees to remain effective at work. A healthy level of pressure and stress helps to energise and motivate us. It helps us to achieve everyday common tasks and goals.
However, the increased and on-going pressures within the workplace and our personal lives have led to stress becoming the top cause of workplace sickness and absence.
There are many bodies including MIND, HSE, CIPD and various other charities who have publicly estimated the cost of stress within the UK to be £billions.
Sickness absence has both direct and indirect costs associated with it. In 2010, sickness cost organisations on average £600 per employee per annum. Source*
Over 40% of absence is stress related, and over 30% of organisations reported this figure to be increasing. Source*
Additionally, not only are stress and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) the two most common causes of work-related ill-health, but there is also growing interest, and research demonstrating the links between the two conditions, both in terms of common risk factors and the extent to which the conditions themselves are mutually influential.
There are many reasons which can cause stress, but the most common topics recorded by the 2010 CIPD Absence Management Report were –
- Changes in the workplace
- Management styles
- Relationships in the workplace
- Lack of employee support (from organisation and line managers)
- Relationships (personal)
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*All sources relate to the 2010 CIPD Absence Management Report.
"Stress is for the first time the number one cause of long-term sickness absence"
Dr. Jill Miller CIPD