“New research suggests nearly two-fifths of UK businesses have seen an increase in people going off with stress over the past year.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development surveyed HR departments in more than a thousand different companies ranging from manufacturing to education.
The results suggest heavy workloads and poor management style are to blame for more people going off work with stress.”
As a psychotherapist working in the City, a growing number of people are coming to me for support with stress and anxiety issues related to work pressures and demands which are impacting on their mental health and well being. There is still a stigma when it comes to people admitting they struggling to cope and quite a few of my clients do not want their colleagues or managers to know they are seeking therapy support. This is a paradoxical situation as companies and managers should be welcoming the fact that their staff are proactively accessing support to help them cope. Whilst this should be seen as a positive step, the source of the stress and anxiety needs to be addressed with greater honesty and transparency at a management and executive level. This is no longer a problem that can be ignored.