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Stress: No. 1 reason for seeking advice

15 September 2012

Work-related stress is the most common reason that leads employers to seek occupational health advice, an analysis of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics by Legal & General has shown.

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An analysis of reasons for calling the Government's pilot Occupational Health Advice Lines found that stress, followed by back pain and depression, was the most common condition prompting enquiries.

The findings complement recent DWP research which found that only 17% of employers have any form of stress management advice and support in place, despite stress being a leading cause of workplace absence.

A statement from Legal & General Group Protection said that stress is one of the leading causes of long-term absence so it is important employers seek advice in handling stress-related absence to help them manage stress-related illness more effectively and help employees back to work with specialist intervention and support.

Stress is Britain's leading cause of long term absence, according to a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey. Their absence management annual survey report recently highlighted that for non-manual workers, stress is the second biggest cause of short-term absence and the leading cause of long-term absence.