Stress is, for the first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees, according to this year's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)/Simplyhealth absence management survey.
For manual workers, stress is now level with acute medical conditions and has overtaken musculoskeletal problems to become the top cause of long-term absence. Among non-manual staff, stress has moved ahead of acute medical conditions.
Gill Phipps for Simplyhealth comments: "Stress can often have a negative effect on the workplace. It is encouraging that almost half of employers have a wellbeing strategy in place, with 73% offering counselling services and a further 69% providing an employee assistance programme. These benefits allow employees access to information and advice on workplace issues, as well as emotional, psychological and personal issues, and can be a huge help during difficult times."