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2.1m Employees have Taken Sick Leave Caused by Construction Workplace Stress, New Report Reveals

According to a new study, 8 out of 10 employees in the UK have taken sick leave caused by construction workplace stress and poor mental health.

The findings conducted as part of the ‘Make Chat Work’ campaign found that over half of industry workers (53%) left their job due to construction workplace stress.

The report comes after the All-Party Parliamentary Group study on Issues Affecting Men and Boys recommended more stringent mental health provisions in construction contracts.

Although stress levels are high, respondents recognised the importance of talking about mental health.

Data from the ‘Make Chat Work’ campaign revealed that 74% of construction workers said they talk to colleagues about problems at work.

96% of respondents said that talking to colleagues helps to relieve pressures at work.

Wellbeing at work doesn’t only affect mental health. The cost of poor mental health to UK employers is significant.

Poor mental health at work cost UK employers £56bn in 2020-21.

Research from Deloitte revealed the cost to employers increased to £56bn in 2020-21, compared to £45bn in 2019.

Stress, anxiety and depression account for one fifth of work-related illnesses.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club charity, said: “Poor mental health doesn’t discriminate; it can affect anyone whether you’re a business owner, manager or starting out in your career. People may face different stresses within the workplace, but the outcome is the same, it can take its toll and result in serious mental health issues.

“Stress, anxiety and depression account for a fifth of all work-related illnesses, and every single working day in the UK, two construction workers take their own life.

“Our message is clear, there is help out there. No one is alone in this. We welcome campaigns like Make Chat Work that ignite conversation around workplace wellbeing. It’s so important for people in this industry to know they can talk and discuss their wellbeing with others.”

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