Time to End Stress in the EU!

Stress has become an epidemic. More than half of all working days lost in the EU are caused by work-related stress. It is time for a new EU-legislation on psychosocial risks at work.

4 in 5 managers express concern about work-related stress. More than half of all workers in the EU report that work-related stress is common in their workplace. 85% of employers state that complying with the legislation is the main reason why they manage occupational health and safety. Only a few member states have clear legislation about psychosocial risks. It is time to #EndStress in the EU!

We call on the EU Commission to propose new EU-legislation on psychosocial risks at work

Workers in the EU are stressed

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Over half of all EU workers say stress is common in their workplace

It is time to act

We spend a large part of our lives working, and work should not make us ill. Today’s working life is becoming more challenging. The statistics are pointing in the wrong direction. More and more suffer from ill mental health. New forms of work, digitalisation and rapid changes in work organisation contribute to this. Instead, the changes can be a good thing if we deal with them cleverly. It is time to ensure that the legislation supports improving the mental wellbeing.

Time to End Stress in the EU!

Managers in the EU are stressed

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4 in 5 managers express concern about work-related stress

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61% of female managers have sleep problems

Managers need better tools

20% of all managers experience anxiety – the highest share of all occupations. Managers experience the highest level of work-life balance conflicts. Managers and professionals also have the highest work intensity and longest working days. 42% of managers find it more difficult to tackle psychosocial risks than other occupational health and safety issues.

Stress costs both lives and money

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As much as 60% of all lost working days can be attributed to work-related stress and psychosocial risks

Lives & money – money & lives

From a pure money perspective for both business and politicians, it makes a lot of sense to improve psychosocial risks prevention. The financial losses are astronomical. In Europe, only the cost of depression due to work is estimated at 617 billion euros per year. But the money is only one side. Minimising the long-time suffering and even loss of lives is a matter of basic human decency. We spend a large part of our lives working and work should not make us ill.

Why do employers manage occupational health and safety?

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85% of employers say
”to comply with the legislation”

No legislation means a missed chance to get employers to act

Even though legislation is a strong driving force for employers to assume their responsibility for occupational health and safety, there is very little legislation which addresses psychosocial risks directly and only in a few member states. On the EU level there is no dedicated legislation, and in the Framework Directive on Occupational Safety and Health there is only one somewhat clear reference to work organisation.

We call on the EU Commission to propose new EU-legislation on psychosocial risks at work

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