Figures of psychological and social risks and work stress

Psychosocial risks and work stresses, which have been identified as conditions affecting workers’ health and productivity, require urgent attention. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (INSST), these conditions, related to the organization of work and the social environment, are directly related to the physical, mental and social health of employees.

Job stress, a predominant consequence of these risks, affects performance and absenteeism. This problem is evident not only in Spain, but also in the European Union, where it is estimated that stress contributes to half of all lost working days. The Association of Mutual Accidents at Work (AMAT) in Spain warns that stress causes one in four to take sick leave, generating an alarming economic cost, which could exceed €30 billion in 2023.

The Bank of Spain highlights the decrease in working hours per employee and the increase in sick leave for psychological reasons. In addition, Randstad’s research indicates a growth in absenteeism and sick leave. The total cost of these withdrawals is high, exceeding 106.000 million euros, affecting social security, businesses and the economy in general.

To address this problem, it is necessary to implement effective solutions. Companies should consider different strategies, such as creating prevention plans, anti-harassment protocols, equality plans and complaints channels. These tools, if used properly, can become powerful allies in improving the working environment and reducing absenteeism.

Prevention of psychosocial risks should be an integral part of the company’s culture. This means raising awareness, training management, workforce and stakeholders. Putting people at the center is essential. Failure to address this problem will have a high cost to both workers and companies, including reduced performance, increased absenteeism, and talent loss.

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In short, attention to psychosocial risks and work stress must be a priority. Investing in preventative solutions and enhancing worker well-being not only improves employee health, but also contributes to a healthier and more productive work environment, which benefits individuals and organizations alike.

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