Last week a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and healthcare provider Simplyhealth revealed that stress is now the top cause for long-term sickness absence in Britain’s workplace. Incredibly, it now overtakes manual injuries, such as repetitive strain injury, and serious medical illnesses, such as cancer.
The report showed the impact of job insecurity and mounting workloads as the underlying cause for the increased stress levels. While this publication was primarily commissioned to show a snapshot of the current UK workforce (it notes ways employers can tackle the problem), I believe it is still relevant to us all.
It is extremely important to spot the early signs of feeling under pressure before it escalates and you find yourself banging your head against the wall in despair. There are certain things that may be out of your control, such as the economy, but by putting your mind and body in the best possible position, you are more equipped to deal with the repercussions of stress.
In my next post I will be discussing things you need to remember when it feels like you’re being buried under a mountain.
To read the full report, click here.
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