A biennial Wellness in the Workplace survey report sponsored by Southern Cross Health Society and BusinessNZ highlights that in 2017, stress and anxiety in the workplace is a significant issue.
While the survey report uncovered other Workplace Wellness issues such as the lack of support for older workers and the tendency for workers to turn up to work when sick, the consistent rise in in the occurrence of stress, fatigue and anxiety in the workplace since the survey began six years ago flags a need for an improvement focus in this area.
The survey shows that the causes of stress stem mostly from work-life. General workload is the front runner, with pressure to meet work targets, management style/work relationships and long hours all significant contributors. Outside of work life, family relationships, financial concerns and personal illness also have an impact.
On a positive note, the report identifies that some workplaces, particularly larger enterprises, have stress identification practices (staff surveys, training for managers to identify stress, risk assessments etc.) and management processes in place (Employee Assistance programmes, flexible hours, mobile working devices and IT support and the ability to work from home).
To see the full report link here.