Half of UK employees are under more stress than they were in 2010, and many don't see the situation changing anytime soon, says a new report.
Stress at work has forced 20% of employees to take time off, and a third also admitted plain and simple tiredness had led to them being absent.
Canada Life Group Insurance, which carried out the research, suggests that the stress is an indirect result of the current recession, with falling budgets and incomes forcing companies to save money by doing more with fewer employees.
Paul Avis from Canada Life commented: “Over the past few years we have witnessed a difficult economic climate in which there have been widespread job cuts. This, in turn, has placed the remaining workforce under additional pressure – not only to cover the workload that has been left, but also because they feel that they have to make themselves invaluable to their employer, so that they too are not left facing unemployment. Consequently, stress and tiredness now count as two of the most common reasons behind employee absence.”
Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics seem to back up the claims, revealing that UK unemployment had seen the largest increases since 2009.
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