Stress at work 'causes council to lose 15k staff days'

Stress among members of staff has caused one local authority to lose the equivalent of 41 working years since 2008, new figures have shown.

According to the Crawley Observer, professionals operating for West Sussex County Council have taken a combined total of around 6,500 days off due to mental anxiety so far in 2011.

And over the course of the last three years, this figure extends to a total of more than 15,000 days that staff have taken off sick as a result of feeling stress at work.

Following the global economic downturn, such issues have become increasingly prominent in many workplaces across the country and the news source added the council has spent some £362,416 on counselling for professionals since 2008.

This comes after a study conducted by Group Risk Development established that stress is now the most common cause of long-term absence for 15 per cent of organisations across all sectors in the UK.

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16/11/2011 16:48