The rigmarole of working life is taking its toll on the vast majority of UK workers according to the results of a new survey showing that more than 80 per cent of employees have been affected by stress at some point.
In total, 82 per cent of workers polled by employment law consultancy Peninsula admit to having been stressed at some point in their career, underlining the ongoing difficulties faced by business of dealing with stress-related problems at work.
Stress is thought to be one of the leading causes of worker absenteeism, suggesting that the problem can have significant financial repercussions on a business. The Health and Safety Executive reports that 13 million working days were lost due to stress, depression and anxiety in 2004-05, reports Personnel Today.
Meanwhile the Peninsula survey also suggests that bosses need to do more to tackle workplace stress and ensure that their staff are not negatively affected.
"Bosses should be aware of and take the necessary precautions to prevent their staff from becoming too stressed within their employment roles," Peninsula managing director Peter Done told Online Recruitment.
"Stress is a thief, stealing employee's rights to an enjoyable career."