MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE - THE FACTS
Work-related stress and other mental health conditions are estimated to be the biggest occupational health problem in the UK and the main cause of employee absence.
Analysts estimate that sickness absence costs £8.4 billion each year - the average employee takes seven days off sick each year of which 40 per cent are for mental health problems. This adds up to 70 million lost working days a year, including one in seven directly caused by a person’s work or working conditions.
Another £15.1 billion in reduced productivity - ‘Presenteeism’ accounts for 1.5 times as much working time lost as ‘absenteeism’ and costs more to employers because it is more common among higher-paid staff.