According to Mind, record numbers of employees are calling in sick to escape the stress of heavy workloads and office bullying, some even going as far as to quit their job.
The Independent on Sunday reported that a quarter of people quit their job because they had an unsupportive manager and 17 per cent resigned due to extreme workloads.
Almost 20 per cent of the 2,050 workers surveyed by Mind admitted to phoning in sick because they felt too stressed to cope at work, yet a high percentage of them lied about why they were calling in sick.
In response to these worrying figures mental health charity Mind is to launch a five year campaign named ‘Taking Care of Business’ which aims to improve Britain’s well-being and will play a part in Mind’s larger £20m scheme ‘Time to Change’ which is working at banishing the stigma attached to mental illness.
‘Taking Care of Business’ aims to give employers the encouragement they need to become more open and accepting of mental health issues and job stress and in doing so hope to reduce the overall stigma which is attached to both. Certain high profile businesses including BT and Axa have already pledged their support and Mind hope that more businesses will soon follow suit.
Mind are kicking of their campaign with the ‘reclaim their lunch hour’ initiative, the purpose of which is to highlight the importance of a healthy work-life balance.
If you would like to contact a counsellor regarding workplace stress then you can do so using the homepage of this site.