Employee stress is a ‘mental health timebomb’ – Cigna

84% of UK workers have suffered poor mental health, but only a quarter received support from employers

Work-related stress is the UK’s number one wellbeing priority, The 2018 Cigna 360° Well-being Survey has indicated.

According to the research conducted by Cigna, eight in 10 people are experiencing work-related stress, with one in five describing it as ‘unmanageable’. The UK ranks fifth worst for stress in the world, behind only United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Korea.

In the UK, more than a quarter (26%) of people blame work for the reason for their stress, the report found, while other typical sources include finances, family issues and health problems.

The survey also found that only one in 10 (9%) UK employees have a wellbeing programme in place, significantly behind other Western markets – globally, one in five (22%) employees have a wellbeing programme in place.

Meanwhile, almost half (44%) of those surveyed said that a workplace wellbeing programme would sway them towards choosing an employer.

Article written by Adam Saville for Cover Magazine


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