workplace stress

Work-related Stress Sees Businesses Lose £57bn a Year in Productivity

Work-related Stress Sees Businesses Lose £57bn a Year in Productivity

UK small businesses are losing £75bn ever year in productivity due to ‘work-related stress’, according to a report by Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW). The survey of over 32,500 employees found that that high levels of stress and a lack of physical activity among workers are causing some industries to lose up to 27 days of productive time per employee each year. What’s more 73% of UK employees are said to be suffering from at least one form of work-related stress. The healthcare and financial services sector is faring the worst for productivity losses, losing 26.6 days and 24.9 days respectively per employee annually, while high-tech firms have been found to have the most productive workers with just 18.9 productivity days lost per employee annually. Shaun Subel, strategy director at V... »

Fruit: 5 A Day Keeps Workplace Stress Away

Since the start of the recession, small businesses have been under extra pressure to reduce costs and maximise the effectiveness of their existing resources. As most companies now need to justify every penny spent to an evermore stringent financial director, staffing budgets must produce excellent results all of the time. For many employees up and down the country this has meant extra workloads, tighter deadlines and generally more workplace stress. Combating stress at work and creating a relaxed and efficient workplace is a major challenge for employers. To get the most out of staff, it is essential they are in a fit state of mind and are able to take on new challenges using the best of their abilities. Stress in the workplace can be detrimental to your performance at work in a number of ... »

New Guidance to Cut Workplace Stress

A new guide to managing workplace stress offers managers a checklist to determine whether their behaviour is increasing or relieving employee tension. Line management behaviour and stress, published jointly by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), lists a range of management approaches that are likely to influence stress levels among employees. By saying whether the approach is positive or negative, the guide aims to help managers work out what effect their behaviour scenarios might be having on their employees. For example, acting as a mediator in conflicts is considered positive; simply keeping the peace is labelled negative â?? because it can lead to stress. Stress is the leading cause of long-term absence for non-manual w... »