Safe the Date! World Day for Safety and Health at Work

This year, "Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” is the theme of the
campaign of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The report will draw
attention to current global trends on work-related stress and its impact.

Today, many workers are facing greater pressure to meet the demands of modern
working life. Psychosocial risks such as increased competition, higher
expectations on performance and longer working hours are contributing to the
workplace becoming an ever more stressful environment. With the pace of work
dictated by instant communications and high levels of global competition, the
lines separating work from life are becoming more and more difficult to
identify. In addition, due to the significant changes labour relations and the
current economic recession, workers are experiencing organizational changes and
restructuring, reduced work opportunities, increasing precarious work , the
fear of losing their jobs, massive layoffs and unemployment and decreased
financial stability, with serious consequences to their mental health and

In recent years, there has been growing attention to the impact of psychosocial
risks and work-related stress among researchers, practitioners and
policymakers. Work-related stress is now generally acknowledged as global issue
affecting all countries, all professions and all workers both in developed and
developing countries. In this complex context, the workplace is at the same
time an important source of psychosocial risks and the ideal venue to address
them in order to protect the health and well-being of workers.

Report on "Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” - Source: International Labour Organizatione (ILO)