Women are off sick through stress three times more than men

23 Dec

Women are three times more likely than men to take time off work through stress, according to analysis of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics by Legal & General.

The analysis shows that between October and December 2010:

  • 31,000 women took sick days citing stress, depression or anxiety, compared to 11,000 men.
  • 74% of stress-related absences were made by women, with only 26% of absences taken by men.

This follows the DWP research report Health and wellbeing at  work: a survey of employers that reveals that just 17% of organisations provide stress management support and advice to employees. Plus, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development 2011 Absence Management Survey showed that stress is the second biggest cause of short-term absences and one of the leading causes of long-term absences.

Diane Buckley, managing director of Legal & General Group Protection, said: “Stress is one of the leading causes of long-term absence so employers should ensure that good quality support is available in the workplace to help women before they reach this point.” She recommends cognitive behavioural therapy as a key tool to helping stressed employees back into the workplace.



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