Work-Related Stress | Facts & Figures

11 April, 2018

Work-related stress (WRS) it is generally understood as, ‘…the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope.’  –  World Health Organisation (WHO) 2018. 1


It may surprise you to hear that in 2016/17 526,000 workers were suffering from WRS illnesses, with 12.5 million working days lost in 2016/17, which accounted for 49% of all sickness absence days taken in that period, The Health and Safety Executive (2017). 2


The Centre for Mental Health (2007) estimates the cost of this issue at 26 billion pounds per year, whilst suggesting that cutting the cost of this figure is achievable if the correct steps are taken.3


It is understood that WRS is tackled most effectively if efforts are made from Management, Human Resources and staff collaboratively to address the issue, Mellor et al (2011).4


The impact of WRS affects both the organisation and the employees in a negative way. If employees are subjected to WRS, the organisation will often suffer from higher staff turnover, higher sickness absence rates, and lower productivity of employees, all of which have an associated cost, Parker and Decotiis (1983).5


The effects on individuals are equally as damaging and can manifest themselves in both physical and psychosocial health concerns, often resulting from issues surrounding employee workload, job demands and lack of clarity of role, lack of decision making, poor internal change management, poor communication in the organisation, as well as harassment and potential violence within the organisation, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) 2018.6


Here at New Leaf Health, we deliver an onsite CPD accredited training course specifically designed for Line Managers to address and reduce mental health issues at work.


The course is broken down into three sessions;

  1. Introducing Mental Health
  2. Pressure and Resilience
  3. Relationship Management


Each session introduces an important mental health concept. The topics are explored through interaction, hands on and self reflection, providing a deep learning experience.


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Whether you would like to train your Line Managers in Mental Health or discuss your mental health strategy with a consultant, New Leaf are here to help. To enquire, simply email or call our team on 01384 877 855.


Because prevention is better than cure.


1   World Health Organisation. (2018). Stress at the workplace. Retrieved from .

2  Health and Safety Executive. (2017). Tackling work-related stress using the Management Standards approach. Retrieved from

3  Centre For Mental Health. (2018). Mental Health at Work: Developing the Business Case. Retrieved from

4  Mellor, N. et al. (2011). ‘Management Standards’ and work-related stress in Great Britain: Progress on their implementation. Safety Science, 49(7), 1040-1046.

5  Parker, F., & DeCotiis, T. (1983). Organizational determinants of job stress. Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, 32(2), 160-177.

6  European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. (2018) Psychosocial risks and stress at work. Retrieved from


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