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Liverpool and Manchester are most stressed cities

A survey commissioned by Lenstore reveals the physical and mental health impact of COVID-19 on workplace health and safety.

It found that 1 in 10 people in the UK admit to taking time off work due to an illness caused by their job; 15% of respondents believe health and safety will be taken to the extreme because of COVID-19; and stress, anxiety and depression are the most common work-related illnesses that employees in the UK experience.

Further, it found that 39% of Brits said they are concerned about their mental and physical health being put at risk at work, with respondents taking an average of 3.5 off each year due to an illness caused by their job. When exploring the impact on mental health, it ranked the top three cities whose respondents said their careers cause them the most stress and depression:

 

Rank

Stress

Depression 

1

Liverpool - 75%

Manchester - 50%

2

Brighton - 50%

Plymouth - 50%

3

Bristol - 50%

Southampton - 33%

Lenstore’s survey found that 20% of employees from Belfast admitted to taking time off work in the past year due to physical and mental illnesses, followed by Newcastle (17%) and Birmingham (13%). Glasgow is the top city for employees with the lowest number of sick days caused by their job at 0.5 in the past year. This is then followed by Edinburgh at 1.5 days. 

 

Asking what employers can do to improve this, 23% of respondents believe creating a culture where employees can be open and honest is the best way to improve health and safety at work. This was followed by taking health and safety more seriously (22%). 

When looking at 14 different industries, those in the Science and Pharmaceuticals (30%), Legal (24%) and Travel & Transport (22%) industries do not feel their employers take their health seriously. Those who work in Public Services have also admitted to taking an average of 39.8 days off work in the past year due to an illness caused by their job, this was followed by Healthcare workers who have taken 28 days off  - eight times more than the average person.

Commenting on the findings, Roshni Patel, BSc (Hons) MCOptom, Professional Services Manager at Lenstore said: “We all have the right to feel that our mental and physical health is well looked after in our place of work, and whilst not every workplace is perfect, we want to shine a light on how employees across the country feel.”

“There can be simple fixes that companies can implement to make their employees feel more supported, from the correct equipment to alleviate any back issues or eye strain, to simply communicating policies more frequently. There is no doubt that COVID-19 will change health and safety in the workplace and it’s vital that employers take this seriously to make everyone feel safe today and in the future”.

 

 

 

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