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« on: April 01, 2011, 03:03:37 PM »

Men are four times more likely than women to phone in sick due to work-related stress, a new survey has suggested. 

In the survey of 3,000 workers by healthcare cash plan provider Medicash, 20% of men admitted to taking two sick days in the past month because of stress.

Work-induced stress was also found to be causing twice as many men as women to drink more, with one in five men saying they needed to drink after work most days.

Almost a third (31%) of women and 24% of men saying they often feel stressed. For women, dealing with difficult customers or clients is the most common trigger, whereas for male colleagues a heavy workload causes the most problems. Outside of the office, both men and women cite rudeness and bad manners as the most likely factors to get them worked up and angry.   

Headaches were the number one symptom of stress amongst both sexes, with 69% of women suffering compared to 45% of men. 57% of women and 40% of men reported problems sleeping.   

Medicash chief executive Sue Weir said: “Small amounts of pressure at work can enhance our performance but if that pressure becomes unremitting it can seriously affect our health. Regularly feeling stressed can lead to sickness, long-term absenteeism and even a dependence on alcohol or drugs. Incorporating healthy eating and exercise into your daily routine and talking to someone about how you feel can help towards counteracting the effects of stress.”

Top fve work stress triggers for women were found to be:

1.      Dealing with difficult clients/customers

2.      Heavy workload                 

3.      Computer freezing in the middle of an important job

4.      Boss demanding too much extra work

5.      Computer taking too long to get going

Top five work stress triggers for men are:

1.      Heavy workload

2.      Boss demanding too much extra work

3.      Dealing with difficult clients/customers

4.      Computer freezing in the middle of an important job

5.      Boss asking for work to be done which is outside job description

Sue Weir added: “Workplace stress can be damaging on any level, affecting both the employee and employer. Bosses have a duty of care and responsibility to look after their workforce and have systems in place to address stress at work.

"Encouraging a work/life balance, having open channels of communication between staff and managers, and providing access to counselling services are some of the things employers can do to combat stress.”
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2011, 09:22:25 AM »

Does this suggest then that men are more prone to stress than women?

Or that women can handle their stress levels better than their male counterparts?

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 01:57:58 PM »

In my experience it's the opposite but I don't want to sound sexist.
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 04:47:36 PM »

I don't see why that comment would be any more sexist than the article itself.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2011, 02:25:22 PM »

It says it's a survey so how can a survey be sexist?
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