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Is Work Bad For Your Health?!

It’s ‘Blue Monday’ today – otherwise known as the ‘most depressing day of the year’ – and it’s at times like this that your boss breathing down your neck, the pressure of a big presentation, or simply the prospect of another day with your nose to the proverbial grindstone can be too much to bear.

Bupa has published new insights and statistics surrounding health at work in the UK. Their national survey of over 600 people showed what industries could be deemed as the most stressful to work in, and what part of the UK has the happiest workforce.

Bupa - Stress at Work

Some of the key findings:

  • Over half of retail workers surveyed said they had considered leaving a job as a result of stress and lack of support
  • 40% of those working in the finance and construction industries also felt the same
  • Mental health and musculoskeletal disorders (MSK) are two of the biggest causes of absence
  • 18-24s have the lowest absence rate across all age groups with an average of 2.3 days per year
  • Employee absence costs employers almost £9 million a year
  • 73% of people surveyed feel they have a good work/life balance

It’s really important to strike a good work/life balance, and address any issues you may be having at work. We all need to pay the bills, and a fulfilling job can be a catalyst to good mental health just as a difficult work environment can be to poor mental health.

If you’re having problems that are making you ill, talk about them with someone via CALM’s helpline 0800 585858 or webchat.

The original infographic is hosted here: http://www.bupa.co.uk/corporate/corporate-occupational-health/health-at-work-in-the-uk.

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