Workplace stress tops JLT Employee Benefits poll

10 October 2016

  • Work named number one cause of stress in World Mental Health Day survey

  • Reducing workplace stress can benefit employees and their employers

A survey carried by JLT Employee Benefits has found that just over half of the people that took part in the poll believe that work is the biggest cause of stress in their lives.

The survey was carried out to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, which looks to raise awareness and encourage people to speak openly about mental health issues.

Of the 120 people that took part in the survey, 55 per cent said they found work the most stressful, and this was followed by money at 19 per cent, and family at 13 per cent. Just 10 per cent of people said that relationships were their biggest cause of stress, with health coming last at just three per cent.

Adrian Humphreys, Group Risk and Health Director for JLT Employee Benefits, said: ‘The survey results illustrate the huge part that work plays in our lives, and the resulting risk of exposure to work-related stress caused by issues such as ever-increasing workloads and long hours. Not only can this have a detrimental effect on their work-life balance, but left unchecked it can also result in reduced productivity and increased levels of absence and more worryingly, cause serious long-term health problems for employees.

‘Employers need to address stress by identifying and managing the key contributing factors within the workplace, as well as giving employees the tools to identify and obtain support for any mental health issues they are experiencing. We know that many employers want to tackle this problem but aren’t sure where to start – indeed we’ve recently seen a rise in businesses coming to us for advice on how to deal with this issue.

‘Reducing workplace stress is not only good for employees, but employers will see the benefit too as productivity increases and staff turnover is reduced. It really is a win-win situation for everyone.’

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Notes to editors

The survey was carried out online by JLT, and asked the question:

It’s World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October, and we want to know what causes you the most stress in your life. Please answer the question below by selecting one of the options.

121 people responded, and the results were:

  • Money 19% (23)
  • Relationships 10% (12)
  • Family 13% (16)
  • Work 55% (66)
  • Health 3% (4) 

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Jardine Lloyd Thompson is one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. JLT’s client proposition is built upon its deep specialist knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and service excellence.

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About JLT Employee Benefits

JLT Employee Benefits is one of the UK’s leading employee benefit providers offering a wide range of benefit and pension services, including administration, actuarial and pension consultancy, investment, Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) and Small Self Administered Schemes (SSASs) administration, flexible benefits, healthcare, benefit communication and financial education.

JLT Employee Benefits employs over 2,200 professionals throughout the UK and in 2015 had revenues of £167.4m in UK & Ireland.

Pensions and employee benefits companies within the JLT Employee Benefits group of companies include: JLT Benefit Solutions Ltd, Profund Solutions Limited, JLT Wealth Management Limited, JLT Investment Management Limited and Independent Trustee Services Limited. JLT Employee Benefits is part of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc.