We all know that stress is an everyday phenomenon that has negative consequences on us everywhere: at home, at work, in society, even in our free time. It disturbs our day and night rhythms; consequently, we more prone to mistakes. Stress kills our optimism and enthusiasm; Increasingly, it also has a decisive influence on health.
Unfortunately, stress has become part of our everyday life. There is no general effective prescription for it. We usually deal with it in different ways, but unfortunately, often unsuccessfully. We treat or treat it in a number of ways, but at times it is unfortunate that we are working too fast on chemical means – medicine, which unfortunately also has side effects.
Well, wealthier people can also visit convincingly expensive therapists, or they can afford other relaxing programs.
That the problem is getting bigger, many studies reveal. Among other things, an extensive research study was introduced a while ago, which also reveals the quantifiable effects that are associated with stress.
The problem of Western society: stress at work
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has completed a comprehensive research study on the topic of stress in the workplace and the specific damage caused by the stress to companies. Through a scientific approach – public research and analysis – it has revealed the actual correlation between hospital absences from the workplace and indirectly incurred costs.
The result is alarming: more than 50% of all EU employees are out of work due to stress.
The word “stress” is an unusual one. It is used to describe negative, difficult, emotions, or even mental ill-health. It’s useful to think about three broad groups of causes of emotional difficulties – biological factors, social factors, and life events.
Biological factors are very important. The structure and functioning of the brain – the nerves, synapses, and neurotransmitters – are vital to mental health. However, human beings are much more than their biology…”
Prof. Peter Kindermann, from Interview for BBC-Science, about the stress
Large costs associated with sick leave from the workplace due to stress
Studies in the EU and beyond suggests that between 50% and 60% of all lost working days are related to stress. In the EU Member States, the cost of these and related mental health problems is estimated at 3-4% of GDP, approximately €300 billion per year.
A total of 52% of employees said they were less productive at work as a result of stress. Over 400 million working days per year are lost due to stressful-related factors. €5,240 EUR per worker is lost annually due to stress-related factors.