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Employers urged to tackle "soaring stress levels"

05 Nov 2008

Employers urged to tackle "soaring stress levels" Employers are being urged to tackle stress in the workplace.

Campaigners and unions have used National Stress Awareness Day to get the message across to businesses in the UK.

According to a new study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) graduate entry-level employees are most likely to suffer from problems related to stress.

The TUC questioned more than 1,000 people in the study and found that stress and overwork were two of the biggest concerns facing young employees.

General secretary of the TUC Brendan Barber said: "As the recession starts to bite, stress is likely to increase even more."

"Employers that tackle stress at work can improve their staff's health and wellbeing, and boost productivity," he added.

Meanwhile, research by finance firm Friends Provident showed the average working week in the UK was 43.5 hours.

Almost two-thirds of the 2,700 people polled by the financial services firm said they felt more run down, stressed and prone to illness than they did three years ago as a result of being overworked.

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