Down or Anxious?

10 May 2018

HR Consultancy Support
More than 500,000 people suffering from depression, stress or anxiety were unable to turn up to work in 2017.  These are the latest figures from the Labour Force Survey.

The cumulative number of working days missed was over 12.5 million, an increase of over 800,000 from 2016 and the highest number since the economic crash of 2008, when over 13 million days were missed.

Professions most likely to be impacted included teachers and welfare staff.  Reasons include workload (44%), lack of managerial support (14%), violence, threats or bullying (13%) and changes at work (8%).

The HSE defines work-related stress as ‘a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work’.

Remember, everyone deals with stress differently, some flourish and thrive with an endless to-do list whilst others struggle to multi-task.  Identifying and supporting individual need and ability will help towards a more resilient workforce.