24/07/2014

Calculating the cost of work-related stress and psychosocial risks

Work-related stress is expensive. Tackling stress and psychosocial risks can be
viewed as too costly, but the reality is that it costs more to ignore them.
Stress affects performance and leads to absence from work. If prolonged it may
result in serious health problems such as cardiovascular or musculoskeletal
diseases. All this comes at a cost.


A new report, published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,
summarises studies focusing on calculating costs of work-related stress and
psychosocial risks. The main costs for individuals relate to health impairment,
lower income and reduced quality of life. Organisations are affected by costs
related to absenteeism, presenteeism, reduced productivity or high staff
turnover. Health care costs and poorer business outcomes ultimately affect
national economies and society.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work