The research, which was released to coincide with Stress Awareness day (3rd November) found that one in five workers have at some point had to call in sick as a result of stress, yet the vast majority (93 per cent)admitted lying to their boss about the real reason for not turning up.
Despite this, 70 per cent of employees would much rather be open with their employers about stress but one third wanted their boss to make the first move and approach them when they are showing signs of strain.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind has urged employers to encourage openness at work so problems can be solved before they begin to snowball into low morale, low productivity and high sick leave.
The Mind research has also revealed that 62 per cent of employees feel their bosses are not doing enough to look after their well being, which could explain why stress has made one in five workers physically ill and has resulted in another one in 10 turning to counselling.
In addition to this, recent figures show that businesses are losing an estimated £8.4bn a year through sickness caused by poor mental well-being, further reinforcing the fact that issues such as this should be at the forefront of wellness in the workplace.
If you are struggling with stress and feel like it is hindering your ability to perform your job role then your first port of call is your manager. Though it is unlikely they will be trained to provide you with the healthcare you may need, they will be able assist you in finding someone who can and you will also feel a huge amount of relief now they are aware of what is happening.
If for whatever reason you really feel as though you can’t confide in a colleague then it is still essential you seek help from your healthcare provider. A popular avenue of help in situations such as this is that of counselling and if you would like to find out more then please visit our factsheet here.
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