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Stress and anxiety in the workplace

JANUARY 29, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for branch reps and members to address the issue of mental health at work.  Branches are encouraged to help remove the stigma and discrimination that people living and working with a mental health condition or issue face daily.

Acas has published the results of its new poll on workplace stress and anxiety today and have a look below at its key findings: 

  • Two-thirds of employees (66%) have felt stressed and/or anxious about work in the last 12 months, with particular variation by age – 76% for those under the age of 35, compared to 54% for those aged 55 and over v Less than 1-in-10 (8%) say their organisation is ‘very good’ at preventing employees from feeling stressed and/or anxious about work
  • The most commonly cited cause of stress and/or anxiety for employees is their workload (60%), followed by the way they are managed (42%) and balancing home and work life (35%)
  • Employees who feel stressed tend to take time out to manage it, such as having a cup of tea or going for a walk (41%). More than a quarter (28%) don’t do anything, and the same proportion use annual leave, with far fewer (15%) opting to take sick leave
  • A third (33%) of employees think that ‘a reduced workload’ would help with feeling less stressed and/or anxious, followed by ‘better flexible working opportunities’ (26%) and ‘more clarity around what is required from me for my job role’ (23%)
  • Less than half (43%) of employees would talk to their manager in the event of being stressed and/or anxious at work, and more than one-in five (22%) would not talk to anyone at work
  • A large majority (72%) of employees think that it is a manager’s role to recognise and address stress and anxiety in the workplace; 60% said the same of an individual themselves; 31% think their colleagues; and 28% said HR

You can read the report here





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