Chapter 3: The cost of stress to UK employers and employees
Restricted access

Studies show that workplace stress is a significant issue for workplaces and a cost to employers. Workplace stress is not a medical condition and can be difficult to define. This chapter uses an econometric model on the basis of data from Britain's Healthiest Workplace, a large survey of UK employers and their employees, to understand the relationship between workplace stress and productivity loss. We define productivity loss as the sum of absenteeism and presenteeism. The chapter also aims to establish which aspects of workplace stress as measured by the HSE Management standards are the most significant in explaining productivity loss. The chapter finds that the cost of workplace stress is extremely significant and likely to be underestimated due to the relationship between stress and other variables. Specifically, it finds that many aspects of workplace stress are significantly associated with productivity loss, with those being bullied at work showing the largest loss.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Other access options

Redeem Token

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institutional Access

Personal login

Log in with your Elgar Online account

Login with you Elgar account
Edited by E. K. Kelloway and Cary Cooper
Monograph Book