Stress at work must be tackled, says research

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Nearly half of employees in the North West say they know a colleague who has had to quit work due to stress.

The research, by Capita Employee Benefits, also reveals that almost eight in 10 workers have been stressed at work in the past year.

Findings show employers in the North West are failing to support their stressed workforce as nearly a quarter of people, who have personally suffered with stress, say after they addressed the issue with their employer nothing was done.

Based on findings of a survey of people in full-time employment in the North West, the research shows half of employees feel that their employer has a responsibility to help them manage their personal health and wellbeing.

Alistair Dornan, head of health and risk management at Capita Employee Benefits, commented: “A shocking 15.2 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 2013 and, as these results show, employees clearly feel they’re not getting the support they need to be able to deal with stress, to the point where people know colleagues who’ve been forced to quit. “Considering the cost of absenteeism, lowered productivity and talent leaving organisations on organisations’ bottom lines – it’s vital employers start taking stress seriously.”

A report into the findings was published earlier this month and is available now via Capita Employees Benefits’ website.