A BRITISH worker is diagnosed with work-related stress every two minutes, a TUC study revealed yesterday.
Around 244,000 new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety were diagnosed in Britain in 2013/2014, according to the TUC — equating to 668 a day, 28 an hour or one every 2.1 minutes.
Workplace stress is such a mammoth problem in Britain that more than 11 million working days are lost each year — a huge 39 per cent of all work-related illness.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “People don’t get ill from stress because they are weak, but because employers aren’t doing enough to remove or control the causes of the stress.
“Pressures of long working hours and low job security are being felt in offices, hospitals, schools and shops across the country.”
Mental symptoms of stress range from loss of appetite, nausea, insomnia and depression to heart damage, stroke and even suicide.
The study, along with TUC advice on managing workplace stress, has been published at the start of European Health and Safety week today.
Ms O’Grady added: “Much more needs to be done to stop bosses treating their staff like machines. It’s in no-one’s interests to have stressed-out workforces.
“People who experience high anxiety are less productive and are more likely to take time off.
“Anyone worried about their workload or being unfairly treated at work should join a union, to get the support they need and their interests represented at work.”