The TUC has today (Wednesday) published a new guide – produced with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – to help trade union health and safety representatives tackle workplace stress.
NHS staff sickness absences due to stress and related mental health issues are up 56% over the last 5 years, across the West Midlands.
A national Work-Stress Network annual conference was held in Rednal on 22/3 Nov.
What is stress?
HSE define stress as the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them. Work-related stress is not just confined to particular sectors but is widespread across all types of workplace - and is on the increase.
According to the TUC website, surveys conducted by trade unions and others have confirmed that spending cuts in the public sector and job insecurity throughout the economy after the banking crisis are causing increasing levels of stress.