Employers are steadily waking up to the need for better stress management

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A huge majority of the UK workforce suffer from stress, according to new research from Britain’s Healthiest Company (BHC), by Vitality, Mercer and The University of Cambridge.

The research has revealed that almost three quarters (73%) of employees suffer from at least one dimension of work-related stress, with time pressure cited as the most common stress factor.

Over a third (36%) of those surveyed said that they work more than 40 hours a week, and nearly two-thirds (60%) commented that the confines of their job negatively impacted their work-life balance.

Positively, UK employers are starting to realise the importance of helping their employees to manage their stress. Half of the employees surveyed said they were able to work flexibly, and more than half were able to work from home.

Work-life balance programmes are becoming increasingly popular as corporate tools to help employees with their mental health – with 71% of employees who have one finding them beneficial in reducing stress.

Greg Levine, director of corporate healthcare at VitalityHealth, comments: “Long working hours, lengthy commutes, high demands and constant connectivity to mobile devices have become typical attributes of the modern day office environment, and it is only natural that employees are becoming increasingly stressed as a result.

“Stress has been proven to significantly decrease staff productivity. While many organisations are beginning to offer stress management programmes more can be done, and National Stress Awareness Day should act as a wake-up call for employers to invest in the health and wellbeing of staff.”

Tomorrow, Wednesday 4th November 2015, is National Stress Awareness Day. Will you being doing anything in your company? Tweet to @rewardguide and let us know!