28 Feb
by Suzie Business Owner & Senior HRBP

A recent study analysing data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), investigated the number of self-reported stress-related illnesses per 100,000 workers from March 2022 to March 2023, revealing insights into the stressful nature of various industries.

The human health and social work industry leads with an alarming rate of reported stress illnesses at 3,530 per every thousand employees. Despite this challenge, it offers a broad salary range from £17K to £63K for roles including doctors and therapists.

Public defence follows closely with an average salary range of £18K to £31K. With a reported rate of stress-related diseases at 3,260 per every thousand employees. Security guards and prison officers face significant work-related stress here.

Education ranks third with an average salary range of £28K to £40K. Stress-related ailments stand at 2,720 cases per every thousand employees, highlighting the pressures educators face.

Stress ranking by Industry

  • Human Health and Social Work Activities: 3,530 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Public Defence: 3,260 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Education: 2,720 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Activities: 2,310 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Finance: 2,140 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Real Estate: 2,070 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Information and Communication: 1,870 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Arts and Entertainment: 1,820 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade: 1,530 stress illnesses per 1000workers

10 Effective Strategies for Managing Workplace Stress

  1. Prioritise Tasks: Create a to-do list and prioritise tasks based on their importance and deadlines. Breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable chunks can help prevent feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Time Management: Set realistic deadlines and allocate specific time slots for tasks. Avoid overcommitting yourself and learn to delegate tasks when necessary.
  3. Take Regular Breaks: Incorporate short breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge. Use this time to take a walk, practice deep breathing, or engage in a quick mindfulness exercise.
  4. Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Maintain a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and prioritise regular exercise. Physical activity releases endorphins, which can help reduce stress levels.
  5. Establish Boundaries: Learn to say no to additional tasks if your plate is already full. Establishing boundaries with colleagues and managers can help prevent burnout.
  6. Communication: Maintain open communication with your colleagues and superiors. Express concerns or challenges you’re facing and seek support or guidance when needed.
  7. Organisational Skills: Keep your workspace organised to minimise distractions and improve productivity. A clutter-free environment can contribute to a clearer mindset.
  8. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Practice mindfulness meditation or deep breathing exercises to calm your mind and reduce stress. Techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation can also help alleviate tension.
  9. Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to reach out to HR or a mental health professional if you’re experiencing prolonged or severe stress. Many companies offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) that provide resources and support for managing stress.
  10. Work-Life Balance: Make time for activities outside of work that you enjoy, whether it’s spending time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, or simply relaxing. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for overall well-being.

By implementing these strategies, you can effectively manage workplace stress and maintain a positive and productive mindset. Remember that managing stress is an ongoing process, so be patient and kind to yourself as you navigate challenges in the workplace.

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