Abstracts: July 9th, 2001

Health and Safety ExecutiveExplains that work related stress is a symptom of an organizational problem and not an individual weakness. It is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them. It is not an illness but can lead to increased problems with ill health. If it is prolonged, or particularly intense, it can lead to physical effects such as heart disease or back pain. It can also lead to psychological effects such as anxiety or depression. One in five people in the workplace in the UK experience work related stress. It advises a partnership approach between employer and employee to tackle the problem.

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