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As with many high-pressured jobs, stress can sometimes feel like a normal part of the job. However, the number of sick days due to work-related illness have increased. As a result, employers have begun to reassess the toll work based stress is putting on employees, and is taking a closer look at wellbeing in the workplace to combat growing concerns about professional mental health. The Health and Safety executive revealed in its 2018 GB Health and safety statistics, that across all professions 1.4 million people have suffered from work-related illness. And for those in the legal profession, this should come as little surprise: with tight deadlines, demanding clients, long hours and billing pressures, legal professionals report high levels of stress. In our latest Bellwether Report Stress in the Legal Profession, we identified that more than 60% of lawyers experience high levels of stress on a day to day basis. In this article, we look at the outcomes of work-related stress and how both you the individual and employers can help combat this growing issue.
Office-related stress can be the factor for several things, for example it can:
There are many things you can do to try and combat stress, the Health and Safety Executive has provided a Work related stress tool kit which provides easy steps to follow. We have also outlined our top tips:
As an employer, it may be hard to encourage individuals to follow the above. However, there are some methods you can introduce to lower the rising issue of workplace stress. For example:
For more download our latest Bellwether report here.
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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.
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