Stress at work

23 November 2016

Work-related stress is not an individual fault, but an organisational issue. It is one of the most important outcomes of a poor psychosocial work environment.

Work-related stress is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe — after musculoskeletal disorders. Around half of workers consider it to be common in their workplace.

  • 50–60% of all lost working days can be attributed to work-related stress.
  • The same poll showed that around 4 in 10 workers think that stress is not handled well in their workplace.
  • Typically, stress-related absences tend to be longer than those arising from other causes.

The good news is that psychosocial risks can be prevented and manage.

Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

Protective factors against stress: