New research recently conducted by Perkbox has revealed that almost half (45%) of businesses in the UK make no attempt to alleviate the stress of their workers, risking the wellbeing of their workforce. This is despite work being acknowledged as the most common cause of all stress (59%) and 1 in 4 workers not being able to be productive at work when stressed. Furthermore, 10 percent of people have admitted to calling in sick due to work related stress and 7 percent claimed to have looked for a new job.
This research also showed the industries in which overlooked stress causes the most problems. Perkbox highlighted that businesses in the hospitality industry are the most likely to not offer any kind of help or guidance to employees in terms of dealing with stress, as 64 percent of workers in this industry claimed this was the case. The leisure sector was close behind in its poor response to this problem, with 63 percent of businesses shown to not be doing enough. In transport, more than half (55%) of employers don’t give assistance to employees to deal with stress – and this is in an industry where stress is relatively high and burn out of the workforce can be particularly dangerous.
Other industries, such as the plumbing and construction industries (54%) and the healthcare and education industries (45%) complete the list of the top five industries most highly recorded as failing to address work-related stress.