Majority of employees blame work for illness

first_img Comments are closed. Majority of employees blame work for illnessOn 19 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Seven out of 10 employees believe work has made them ill, according to a newstudy. The research by the Work Life Balance Centre and Keele University showsalmost nine out of 10 employees suffer general stress generally. The mostcommon symptoms of this are irritability, fatigue, a lack of concentration andsleeplessness. More than four out of 10 staff said they go to work even when they feel illwhile one in five pretend to be ill to take a day off. Almost a third said work leaves them too tired for sex. Staff in the NorthWest and North East are most badly affected, with four out of 10 workers beingtoo tired to perform in the bedroom. More staff, better communication between staff and management, lessmanagement bullying and better workload planning are all cited by the 306 staffsurveyed as potential solutions to stress. Despite the problems, over half of those questioned said they enjoy thechallenge of their jobs. Julie Hurst, director of the Work Life Balance Centre, said that ifemployers ignore the work-life balance agenda, they are limiting theproductivity of their company. She said: “People do enjoy their jobs, but resent the demands it makeson their private lives. Unless employers help address the negatives, they aremissing out on a great deal of goodwill and enthusiasm that could ultimatelyhelp make the company more successful.” Dr Wendy Richards, lecturer in industrial relations at Keele University,said a lack of work-life balance policies in UK industry is costing billions. She said: “It is important we tackle the area of work-life balance ashigh levels of illness are costing British industry billions of pounds eachyear. Illness levels seem to be rising which means we could face even moreproblems in the future.” By Paul Nelson Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more