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Secret Stress – 8 million UK workers suffer in silence

stessNew research from Aviva, released to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day (2nd Nov) has revealed the startling number of people in the UK who are suffering from stress but are hiding it from their employers. A quarter of people (25%) surveyed admitted taking a day off work with stress but then blamed it on a physical illness. Based on the current number of people working in the UK, it indicates that almost eight million people are suffering in silence.
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Almost one in three people have experienced mental health issues while in employment

mental healthNew CIPD research finds employers are taking a reactive approach to employees’ mental health issues, when preventative steps make better business sense. According to new research, the number of people saying that they have experienced mental health issues while in employment has climbed from a quarter to a third over the last five years. Despite this, the majority of employees still don’t feel that people experiencing mental health issues are supported well enough at work.
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Less than half of UK businesses feel able to handle a medical emergency

emergencyLess than half of UK businesses feel able to handle a medical emergency. A survey of nearly 300 businesses across the UK, including schools, golf clubs, construction sites, charities and trusts, has revealed that whilst a quarter of businesses want staff to feel safe, only 49 per cent are confident enough to say they could handle a medical emergency.
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Unum partners with the Mental Health Foundation

mindEmployee benefits experts Unum and national charity the Mental Health Foundation have today announced a new long-term partnership that sees the two organisations join forces to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and call on business leaders to safeguard the mental health of their employees at every stage, from prevention through to early intervention, and supporting a positive return to work.
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Inspirational managers may harm workers’ health

Managers who inspire their staff to perform above and beyond the call of duty may actually harm their employees’ health over time, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia. The findings suggest that constant pressure from these ‘transformational leaders’ may increase sickness absence levels among employees. They also indicate that some vulnerable employees in groups with transformational leaders may in the long term have increased sickness absence rates if they ignore their ill-health and frequently show up for work while ill, known as presenteeism.
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Over a third of employees know or suspect their colleagues have a drug problem

Over a third (35%) of employees know or suspect that their colleagues have a drug problem or take illegal substances either during or outside work a new survey has found, while over 60 per cent complained that mood swings, missed deadlines and calling-in sick are just some of the ways it’s affecting team performance.
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Excess hours worked cancel out holiday entitlement

stressed managerManagers are working longer than ever, and suffering rising levels of stress according to the latest Quality of Working Life study from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Of the 1,574 managers surveyed for the report, the majority (77%) work for at least an additional hour each day, adding up to an extra 29 days over the course of a year. With average holiday entitlement only 28 days, this extra time cancels out managers’ annual leave. Up to 10% put in more than three extra hours each day, the equivalent of working a 15-month year.
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