Stress is major player in workplace absence says TUC

If you were ever subjected to stress or bullying in the workplace and didn’t get any recourse from your employer, it would be a safe bet that your union representative would be the best route for advice and support. The TUC, the parent body of the UK’s unions, has released a survey which they commissioned from the country’s trade union health and safety representatives and the results are very interesting.

Stress is the biggest worry for most union reps

The TUC’s survey assessed which were the top 5 areas of concerns for trade union health and safety representatives in the UK, and of all worries, stress was seen as the biggest cause of health issues in the workplace.

The TUC’s top five workplace concerns are:

  • Stress
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Overwork
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Violence and threats

With between 84%-90% of union reps in public sector positions reporting stress as their number one worry, it was also the biggest problem in the private sector too. Being responsible for many other health conditions, stress is a major player in workplace health, causing heart disease, digestive and mental health problems, as well as sleep issues.

General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady said: “Employers and managers need to do more to identify and reduce risks and to provide support to employees struggling to cope.”

All of the top 5 workplace concerns can be caused by, or cause stress in employees – and all of these can be avoided by careful and thoughtful staff management. By listening to staff and employing a strong HR professional, the causes of stress can minimised and work can become a great part of your employees’ lives. Companies with happy employees usually have great productivity too.

To read more about the physical effect stress can have on staff, read our blog HERE and find out about our mission to improve the health of your employees.


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