Stress can lead to burn-out, whether you’re a chief executive or a shelf stacker.
Hector Sants, the former boss of the Financial Services Authority, had to bow out from his compliance role at Barclays Bank because of stress and exhaustion.
Nor is the world of sport immune. England batsman Jonathan Trott recently left the Ashes tour of Australia owing to a long-standing stress-related condition.
But these are just high-profile examples of a much wider problem.
Workers in the UK took an average 5.3 days off work in 2012, according to the 2013 CBI/Pfizer Fit for Purpose survey, with stress, anxiety and depression given as the main causes of absence.
Sick leave is costing the UK economy £14bn a year, the report suggests. So there is a strong financial incentive for businesses to keep their “human capital” as healthy and happy as possible.
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How stressed are you?
Stress is part of everyday life and can be beneficial. But high levels over a long period can be seriously bad for our health.
The following test has been created with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for National Stress Awareness Day. It has been designed to help you spot symptoms of stress and find out how well you are coping with the pressure of everyday life.
Scoring: never – 0, almost never – 1, sometimes – 2, often – 3 and very often – 4.
Take the stress test
All questions and advice provided by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Professor Cary Cooper, the association’s former president.
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