06.04.2005

Health, social services and education employees most affected by stress

Stress, particularly work-related stress, has aroused growing interest across
Europe in recent years. The workplace has changed dramatically due to
globalisation of the economy, use of new information and communications
technology, growing diversity in the workplace (e.g. more women, older and
higher educated people, as well as increased migration, particularly between
the EU Member States), and an increased mental workload.

At the same time, workers are reporting an increasing level of mental health
problems. In the 2000 European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), work-related
stress was found to be the second most common work-related health problem
across the EU15 (at 28%; only back pain was more common). Moreover,
work-related stress has also been associated with a number of other ill-health
outcomes, such as cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders,
particularly back problems and neck-shoulder-arm-wrist-hand problems, as well
as absence from work. The potential outcomes of stress at work are thus rather
diverse, and do not only pertain to health but also to actual participation in
the workforce. That is the reason why this topic report highlights work-related
stress.

Now a report has been published by the European Foundation for the Improvement
of Living and Working Conditions, based upon data from Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, to determine level and
trend in the prevalence of work-related stress. In its report, Work-related
stress, the Foundation, a tripartite EU body whose role is to provide input to
EU social policy, also sought to examine the risks and consequences of
work-related stress, and identify means of prevention.

It reveals that the health, social services and education sectors are most at
risk of work-related stress.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive