Employers told to tackle work related stress to reduce sickness bill

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4607
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    The NHS in England, along with other employers, needs to promote mental wellbeing among its staff in a bid to cut the multimillion pound cost of days off resulting from work related stress, says new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

    The cost of work related stress, depression, and anxiety among NHS staff in the United Kingdom results in an estimated loss of about 4.1 million working days a year at a cost of £700m (€780m; $1.2bn), estimates NICE.

    But the problem was not just about staff taking time off, it said. “Presenteeism” (where staff feel obliged to go to work but are not in a …

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