National stress awareness day is a countrywide campaign to highlight the impact that stress has on individuals and the various steps that can be taken to avoid it.
Stress can manifest itself in a number of different ways and may not always have an identifiable cause or trigger; however one of most consistent causes of stress in the UK is work. The HSE reports that over 0.5m workers across the UK are suffering from work-related stress, anxiety or depression, Furthermore, 11.7m working days are lost each year as a result. Stress makes up 37% of all work-related ill health incidents and accounts for 45% of all working days lost due to ill health. The combined effect of this is an annual cost of £5.2 billion to the economy each year.
Causes of workplace stress can include tight deadlines, too much pressure, too much responsibility, or lack of support / protection from managerial staff.
When employers fail to acknowledge workplace stress and take appropriate action, it can have a significant impact on the employee’s wellbeing and their livelihood. Often employees can feel forced to leave their job or they may develop further psychiatric problems as a result of the ongoing stress.
How can Gotelee help?
If you have suffered from psychiatric injury or harm as a result of stress at work, then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation. Gotelee’s specialist team of lawyers will be able to review your case and advise on whether you are able to recover damages for your injury and financial losses suffered as a result of your employer’s failure to provide a safe working environment.
For further details contact Nadia Bolton at Gotelee on 01473 298125.