The majority British workers claim they have been made ill by their job, according to new research.
A study compiled by the Work Life Balance Centre and the universities of Keele, Coventry and Wolverhampton found that two-thirds of workers surveyed claimed they had become ill as a result of the stresses of their job, while nearly half said they had suffered from depression as a result of being unhappy at work.
"I would urge all employers to look carefully at these issues and arrange access to the appropriate forms of help, as it's in the long-term interests of the business to support healthy, and ultimately productive, employees," said Julie Hurst, director of the Work Life Balance Centre.
She also described the increasing levels of depression and anxiety in the work place as a "silent epidemic".
While one in ten workers said they worked more than 49 hours each work, only one in every 100 was actually contracted to do so.
The research also revealed that 80 per cent of people said they felt they were fighting a constant battle in trying to balance the demands of work and home life.
The study was compiled using the answers of 3,300 workers who filled out an online poll.