Stress is an increasingly common mental health concern, yet employees are afraid to admit to their bosses that they’re feeling over-taxed. November 3 was Stress Awareness Day in England, and a British mental health charity called MIND has released a new study which illustrates the extent of this unspoken concern. It finds that one in five workers has called in sick because of stress, but 93% of those workers pretended to have other problems. Employers should be encouraged to talk about stress, take employee feedback, and address stress overload by providing stress counseling, mentoring, or other on-the-job support. Improving the mental health environment that employees come to each day can only improve their performance and commitment to the organization: it’s good business in more ways than one.
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