As an employer, you have a duty of care to look after your people's mental health. This means you must do all you reasonably can to support health, safety and wellbeing - and this includes stress levels.
But it doesn't stop here: putting things in place to reduce stress has business-benefits, too. Managing workplace-stress been shown to boost productivity, boost performance, minimise conflict and - ultimately - build a happier and healthier workforce.
But first, it's important to understand the severity of workplace stress in UK workforces.
That's why we've collated some top statistics on workplace stress. And we're sure they'll leave you gob-smacked.
What is workplace stress?
Workplace stress is different to just having a lot on your plate. In fact, it can be extremely harmful if it isn't nipped in the bud early on.
Whilst a certain amount of pressure at work motivates us and helps us to be productive, excessive amounts of pressure can become overwhelming and lead to stress.
The HSE describe workplace stress as:
"The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them"
Workplace stress can lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. It also effects our immune system and can significantly increase the risk of serious health conditions like heart disease.