Work related stress is a major concern to most European companies, suggests a new EU survey from the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA) said.
EU-OSHA conducted the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks in 31 countries -- the 27 EU members plus Croatia, Turkey, Norway and Switzerland.
The biggest ever workplace health and safety survey in Europe found that four out of five managers are concerned about work-related stress, making it as important as workplace accidents for companies.But less than one third are taking steps to confront the problem.
The survey says work-related stress is very acute in health and social jobs and in education. It also notes that companies in northern Europe, such as Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, were far better at dealing with the problem than those in the Mediterranean, with the exception of Spain.