15 million workdays are lost per year to stress and anxiety: that is a yearly cost of £6.9 billion to employers.
Work is the most common cause of stress for adults in the UK, with 59% having experienced this. One in five employees in the UK experience moderate to high levels of work related stress, several times a week (Perkbox, 2018)
The level of stress that employees experience results in reduced employee satisfaction, increased absenteeism and lower productivity for the business (Jang, 2019)
Abesenteeism has a major impact on the outgoing costs for UK businesses, with the average UK employee costing £5554 per annum as a direct cause of it.. A study showed that absenteeism is costing UK businesses 15% off their bottom line figure (Kocakulah et al, 2017)
When our bodies send us signals that we’re exhausted, stressed, or depleted – whether mentally, emotionally, or spiritually – instead of taking a break from technology or work to recharge our batteries, we push through. The effects of hitting snooze on these warning signals can be seen in the prevalence of burnout – a phenomenon that’s existed for ages but that the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially acknowledged in 2019 (Your Time To Thrive, Arianna Huffington)
‘Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people that HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting’ (James Levine, Mayo Clinic)
People are feeling anxious about returning to work. People ‘feel lonely more often’ due to home working (D.Capper, Westfield Health)