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Workplace stress worries one-third of employees, research reveals
Gareth VorsteR
taken from http://www.personneltoday.com

One third of full time employees have health concerns resulting from the levels of stress caused by their jobs, research has found.

A survey of more than 2,000 people commissioned by insurer Legal & General (L&G) found that a quarter of respondents said they were generally stressed at work, while two in 10 complained that they worked too many extra hours. A quarter admitted to never taking a break at work.

“We have demonstrated that with the early intervention of the most appropriate support to help an absent employee, whether that is career counselling, stress management, cognitive behavioural therapy, (CBT) or a physical evaluation, we have been able to get over 50% of absent employees back into work in the first year,” she added.

Stressed’ workers told toughen up by leading health expert
16 October 2009 11:48

Workers have convinced themselves they cannot cope with their daily grind and suffer from stress, according to a leading health expert.

David Wainwright, from the University of Bath, said the phrase ‘work stress’ should be banned, according to a report in the Metro.

In a speech to the Royal Society of Medicine, he outlined how a ‘generational shift’ has made people today far softer than their grandparents. He accepted work could be “challenging”, but said modern-day professionals were too quick to hit the panic button.

Wainwright said people were “actually incredibly resilient” and should toughen up.

But Neil Shah, director of the Stress Management Society, said it was rubbish to compare people’s lives 60 years ago to modern society. “People don’t switch off, you’re always working, we don’t have any downtime.”

Earlier this week, it emerged that a retired NHS manager has been paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for a stress-related injury after a West Midlands hospital trust “reluctantly” accepted it had no choice but to pay

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October 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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