Northern Ireland Civil Servants are suffering increased levels of work-related stress, leading to more staff taking time off, according to new research.
A new study has revealed the negative impact of stress during the recent economic downturn. The research has highlighted the increase of nearly 25% in employee absence due to job stress. The report was conducted among tens of thousands of civil servants in Northern Ireland and undertaken by researchers at the University of Nottingham and University of Ulster found that one in four workers experienced work-related stress in times of recession.The study was published in the scientific journal Occupational Medicine and compared the findings of two surveys. The first was undertaken in 2005 prior to the onset of the recession and the second in 2009 when the economy was severely hit.
Jonathan Houdmont, the study's lead author, said national economic crises can have substantial implications for workers' health and organisational performance, adding: "The findings suggest that those businesses which seek to reduce work-related stress during austere economic times are likely to experience lower staff absence and greater productivity."