Chapter 7 Manage stress at work

In 2009/10, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimated that between 8 and 11 million working days were lost to the UK economy due to stress. This was the largest single cause of lost productivity. It has an economic cost of around £1 billion and equates to 1.5 per cent of people who worked in that year suffering from stress caused or made worse by work at some time during those 12 months. Stress accounts for just over 40 per cent of days lost to illness: it is a big workplace issue.

And these figures are only the most obvious consequence of stress. Others include increased staff turnover, with all of the cost and disruption that causes, ...

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