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

73% of UK employees suffer from at least one dimension of work-related stress

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 VitalityHealth, said:

“Although alcohol consumption, poor diet and smoking have a significant impact on long-term health, it is clear to see that day-to-day productivity loss centres on physical activity and stress levels.”

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