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Over 20% of workplaces are bad for employees’ health

A large number of workers in the UK confessed that work is having a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing, causing unnecessary suffering and leading to loss of productivity.

The report, carried out by One4All Rewards, surveyed 2000 workers in order to highlight how employers should be making concerted efforts to look after their workers.

The report found that just under a quarter (23 per cent) of workers have said they underperformed at work due to work-related stress and illness.  One worker out of ten has had a work-related illness in the past year.

More than 20 per cent have said they consistently suffer from high levels of stress because of their work, whilst 17 per cent have actually said they have trouble sleeping as a result of their jobs.

When asked to say what effect a better working environment would have on their job performance, 22 per cent believed that a better working environment would lead them to being 10 per cent more productive.

Only 6 per cent of workers believed that work had a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

“These are worrying findings for everyone.  Not only are many workers feeling increasingly stretched and unhappy, but their employers are also losing out as stressed-out workers significantly underperform,” said Declan Byrne, managing director of One4all Rewards.