28 October 2010

How much will stress cost the public sector?

Last year the cost of stress was an average of £900 per worker per year, new figures have revealed. Stress is the biggest cause of long term absence in the public sector, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

"Many public service jobs are stressful at the best of times but now, with everyone across the public sector fearful for their jobs and the extra pressure of having to do more for less, it's hardly surprising that the health of many workers is under threat" said Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary.

Public sector workers took an average 10 days off with stress last year whilst for teachers it was 6.2. However the Teacher Support Network have warned that it is set to increase this year and they have open a support Line for those who are struggling to deal with stress. If that’s you, you can contact them on 08000 562 561.

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