According to a new study, stress, worry, and depression were responsible for half of all work-related illnesses in the previous year.
According to a recent research from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), more than 800,000 individuals had work-related stress, anxiety, or depression in 2020-21, with 451,000 of those being newly recorded this year.
According to self-reported data from the Labour Force Survey cited in the study, women aged 25 to 34 have been the most likely to report work-related stress, anxiety, or depression, with rates higher than normal among those working in public administration and defence, health and social care, and education.
Increasing workloads, a lack of support, aggression, threats or bullying, and changes at work have all been reported as causes of job-related stress, depression, or anxiety in recent years. The Covid-19 epidemic, on the other hand, was a key cause of poor mental health among workers in the previous year, according to the research.
“The 1-year period in question corresponds with the first national lockdown and the unique challenges of the epidemic,” said Sarah Albon, the HSE’s chief executive. The labour market has been significantly impacted, as seen by our reporting.
“The most recent data on work-related stress confirms our earlier worries about the scope of the problem in the workplace.”
The results were concerning but not surprising, according to Andy Bell, deputy chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health. “People’s mental health has been put under unprecedented strain in the previous two years.” As a result of the epidemic, many individuals have endured fear, trauma, and loss, and economic uncertainty is adding to the burden for many more,” Bell said.
“Businesses can assist in providing individuals with safe working circumstances, such as in workplaces that are open about mental health and where treatment is available when required.”
There are methods for both workers and employers to assist mental wellbeing at work, according to Emma Slaven, a senior business associate at Acas who specialises in mental health and wellbeing.
“Companies may proactively help employees by promoting two-way talks about health and wellness, as well as equipping their supervisors with the ability to recognise the indicators and have conversations with employees who are struggling, whether they work from home or in the office.”
“Staff members may also care for their own mental wellbeing by being open and honest with their managers about their problems and taking efforts to promote their own welfare, such as setting work boundaries, creating time for hobbies, and being active.”
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