Stress and its effects
I suspect that for most people, or certainly those living in a western society, the word ‘stress’ has become part of their day-to-day vocabulary. Research figures by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work show that stress was experienced on average by 22% of workers from the 25 Member States and 2 Acceding Countries of the European Union (according to the fourth European Working Conditions Survey in 2005). The United Kingdom reported the lowest level of stress in workers, however, the survey still suggested, that over half a million people reported work-related stress causing illness in this country. This equates to an estimated 12 to 13 million working days being lost due to work-related stress conditions. Contributing factors are high workload, little support, job insecurity, long working days, and low income vs. high living expenses.