Understand the Key Facts and Your Responsibilities

Mental Health is responsible for 49% of work place absence*
As an employer, you have a moral and legal responsibility for the physical and mental health of your employees. It is crucial your business practices are not negatively impacting upon your workforce.

Your duty of care requires you to complete a Health and Safety Risk Assessment that includes the mental health and stress impact of the role which each of your employees undertake; and to implement interventions to protect  employees’ health, where required.

*HSE Human health and social work activities statistics in Great Britain 2019.

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What is Burnout?

The concept of burnout has been around since the ’70s.
It was initially associated with those in the medical profession who suffered from emotional fatigue, caused by chronic stress, resulting in declining performance.

28 MAY 2019 – Burnout is included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon. It is not classified as a medical condition (Read more).

In 2019, the World Health Organization recognised burnout as an official occupational hazard and medical condition. No longer confined to physician, those in any professions can be at risk of burnout.

Triggered by chronic, sustained stress, the symptoms of burnout include mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, leading to a lack of motivation and often workplace cynicism and resentment.

Take a look at these workplace stress statistics to help you understand the damage that burnout, if ignored, can do to your business.

What is Presenteeism?

Presenteeism has hit a record high in UK organisations as stress at work rises. An increase in people going to work when ill is linked to increases in stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Presenteeism at work has tripled since 2010 (26% in 2010 – 86% in 2018)
  • Increased presenteeism is associated with increases in mental health conditions and stress-related absence
  • Despite this, the number of organisations taking steps to tackle presenteeism and leaveism has halved in the last two years (25% in 2018 from 48% in 2016)

What is Leavism?

  • Leavism (people working when on annual leave) has also become a problem – 69% of organisations have seen it occur in the last 12 months

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More Resources

You can read more on these studies in the following places (opens in a new window).

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