Increase in stress levels at work

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Continuing economic frailties in the UK are ramping up instances of stress in the workplace, a new survey by the Trade Union Coordinating Group has found.
 
Of 750 employees surveyed, stress levels increased or were increasing in more than 250 cases compared to 12 months ago. Over a fifth also admitted to putting in more effort to make sure they do not lose their jobs, while one in seven fear being made redundant due to economic uncertainties.
 
"This survey reveals the rising levels of stress and insecurity in the workplace. With government plans for further cuts to jobs, pensions and pay on the horizon, this situation is only going to deteriorate in the next 12 months," said Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union.
 
The research comes after a report that teachers in Suffolk took close to 1,000 days off sick last year, due to stress, depression and anxiety.
 
"This survey shows the real concerns of British workers as budget cuts come to fruition,” added Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association.
 
"The cuts are deep and too quick, which will damage the confidence of workers not only in the public sector, but private sector."
 
According to doctors, employees suffering from stress in the workplace should try taking a short nap during lunchtimes to rejuvenate, or approach their employer and explain their predicament.
 
Employers that fail to address their staff's concerns could be putting themselves at danger of legal challenges depending on their conduct. Contact our employment law experts for more details: 01942 777777.
 
By employment solicitor, Phil Richardson
 

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