National Stress Awareness Day

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We are all living at a time of increasing pressures and this is as true of the banking sector as of the working population in general.

As a result, working people and their families are seeing a negative impact on their wellbeing. Stress can be caused by a wide variety of factors. The most common involve work, money matters and relationships with partners, children or other family members.

Stress is now a major concern for UK employers. Official statistics show that the cost of work related stress is in the region of £70 - £100 billion a year, including healthcare costs. Although research shows that a moderate level of stress makes us perform better, prolonged and excessive stress can lead to illness and physical and emotional exhaustion.

A recent YouGov poll shows that two thirds of employed people say that the amount of work they are expected to do has grown over the past few years, and more than a third are expected to do unpaid overtime. Despite the coalition’s efforts to help try and balance work-life factors through childcare and parental-leave policies, one out of four people believe there is not enough flexibility at their workplace to balance work and their personal life.

At BWC, we offer a range of services to help tackle stress and other mental health related issues. Read our guides on understanding stress and techniques for managing stress or use our Beating Stress Interactive online resource which will provide information, advice, guidance and finally an action plan tailored for you.

For more information please visit our website or phone our private and confidential helpline on 0800 0234 834.

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