Stress at work 'will rise over next 5 years'

The vast majority of professionals across Europe expect stress at work to become more widespread over the course of the next five years, new research has shown.

According to the latest European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health, 80 per cent of all employees on the continent believe more people will be affected by mental anxiety by 2017.

Indeed, the study - which was conducted for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and involved questioning 35,000 individuals from 36 European nations - found that 52 per cent feel stress will "increase a lot" over this period.

In the wake of the recession, anxiety represents one of the major health and safety problems for companies across all sectors and Dr Christa Sedlatschek, director of EU-OSHA, said these statistics are therefore "unsurprising".

"Regardless of age, gender and organisation size an overwhelming majority of people believe that work-related stress will rise," the official added.

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28/03/2012 15:48