From The Ergoweb® Learning Center

EU Tackles Rising Costs of Workplace Stress

In July, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work announced the first pan-European campaign to combat work-related stress. Some studies have linked work-related stress to increased numbers of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) as well as decreased productivity and quality.

Some facts about work related stress in the European Union:

  • 28% of employees in the EU report they are affected by work-related stress;
  • Women appear to suffer slightly more than men;
  • Common causes include lack of job security and control and work overload;
  • Over 50% of absenteeism has its roots in work-related stress;
  • The problem is thought to cost the EU at least