Health workers, carers and social workers work longer hours and report more cases of work-related stress, depression and anxiety than people working in any other field of employment, according to newly released analysis by The Office Group.
In a study spanning across multiple industries, The Office Group collected data to compare working hours, incidences of stress and number of working days lost due to employee stress.
From this research, they calculated the percentage difference against national averages across each industry. That value allowed researchers to create a ranking table that showed the highest to the lowest levels of stress per industry they studied.
They found that health and social work activities were the most stressful.
At the other end of the scale, information and communication was ranked as the least stressful industry to work in
Compared with the population average, human health and social work came out on top as the most stressful industry to work in. This included people working in the medical profession, carers, and social workers.
Researchers reasoned that “the nature of this type of work means the amount of stress could be attributed to a combination of long hours, growing staff shortages, and responsibility for the health – and often survival – of human lives”.
|Rank||Industry||Stress Score %|
|1||Human health and social work activities||83.6%|
|2||Financial and insurance activities||80.8%|
|3||Public administration and defence; compulsory social security||78.0%|
|5||Administrative and support service activities||57.1%|
|6||Transportation and storage||55.7%|
|7||Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles||52.9%|
|8||Professional, scientific and technical activities||47.3%|
|9||Accommodation and food service activities||34.8%|
|12||Information and Communication||25.0%|
Researches found that cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety saw 0.92 days lost per workers in the health and social care sector, which is twice as high as the average of 0.46 days per year across all sectors.
They also found that women report significantly higher cases of workplace stress than men (300,000 compared to 236,000),
Speaking about the findings, Alessa McNally, Head of Member Experience at The Office Group, said:
“All employers can put stress management practices in place to keep their employees as healthy as possible. We believe flexibility is fundamental to workplace wellbeing”
“Offering potential solutions that employers could implement to help alleviate stress, McNally suggested that workers were offered “a variety of spaces to work and recharge from, including meditation rooms, libraries, fitness gyms and roof terraces”.
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