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What is Workplace Stress?

Workplace stress refers to an emotional, physical or behavioural reaction to the demands of pressure at work causing a sense of feeling unable to cope. This kind of stress not only has significant effects on our wellbeing but ultimately affects our ability to perform at work.

A stress-free workforce equates to:

  • Better team morale
  • Less absenteeism
  • More productive results
  • Better ability to meet targets and deadlines
  • Increased willingness to work and give 100%
  • Improved concentration levels, meaning less room for errors


Independent Field Research* conducted by PsycheMe® in 2012 found that 86% of those surveyed reported feeling stressed at work on a frequent basis. Of those, 61% said that they would benefit from stress management workshops within their place of work.

Investing in staff wellbeing saves organisations money in the long-term by reducing costs for the number days lost due to sickness and reducing high turnover of staff in turn reducing recruitment costs.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is estimated that as many as 400,000 people are suffering from high levels of work-related stress. Work-related stress caused workers in Great Britain to lose 10.8 million working days in 2010/11.

The below estimates the number of cases of absence due to illness, from an independent survey:

  • The total number of cases of stress in 2010/11 was 400,000 out of a total of 1, 152, 000 for all work-related illnesses.
  • The highest reported rates of work-related stress in the last three years were health, social work, education and public administration.

*Independent field research conducted by PsycheMe® in 2012 surveying 100 people currently in full time paid employment in the UK.