The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recognizes that stress is a major contributor to work-related ill health and sickness absence. It estimates that 13.5 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 2007/8. This represents an average of 30.6 working days for each person suffering from the condition, making it the largest contributor to overall estimated annual days lost from work-related ill health in 2007/8. The Confederation of British Industry puts the cost to employers of mental health and stress problems at £5billion a year. The Institute of Management estimates that 270,000 people take time off work every day due to work-related stress – a cost to the UK economy of £7billion a year in terms of sick pay, lost production and NHS costs.

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