OH workers turning to drugs and alcohol to combat stress

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. OH workers turning to drugs and alcohol to combat stressOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today OH practitioners are increasingly stressed, with some turning to alcohol ordrugs to cope with rising pressures. The shock findings come from a poll of 129 people by recruitment firm OHRecruitment last summer. More than half of those questioned admitted to feeling stressed at work,with two-thirds claiming their work environment had become more stressful overthe past 12 months. A total of 88 per cent had taken five days or more off sick in the past 12months, with 23 per cent blaming their absence wholly or partly on stress. Worryingly, when it came to comparing those who felt they suffered fromwork-related stress with those who did not, those suffering were twice aslikely to use alcohol and prescription or non-prescription drugs. They were also nearly four times as likely to put their absence from workdown to the effects of stress and three times as likely to have experiencedincreasing levels of work-related stress over the past 12 months. A clear sign of the time pressures OH practitioners are working under,emerged from the fact that just 13 per cent said they took a full hour’s lunchbreak, and 47 per cent had a half-hour to an hour’s commute to and from work.Those suffering from work-related stress were twice as likely to have anaverage commute of an hour or more. When it came to tackling stress, most preferred sports and leisure, althoughalcohol, at 21 per cent, was high on the list. For a minority of others, smoking and drugs, whether illegal or prescribed,were their preferred method of winding down after a hard day. OH Recruitment director Sue Lamb said: “The results suggest thatwork-related stress is increasing for both the UK workforce and the OHprofessionals charged with recognising and treating the symptoms, prompting thequestion: who looks after the carers?” The agency plans to carry out a follow-up survey later this year todetermine whether OH professionals have access to the same stress managementresources as other workers, and whether they are being used. Key findings1. Are you stressed at work?Yes – 57 per cent No – 43 per cent2. Has your work environment become more stressful in the past12 months?Yes – 60 per centNo – 40 per cent3. How many days off sick have you had in the past 12 months?Five days or more – 88 per centSix to 10 days – 5 per cent11 to 15 days – 4 per cent 16 to 25 days – 1 per cent 26 days or more – 2 per cent4. To what extent did stress contribute to this sickness?Partly responsible – 17 per centWholly responsible – 6 per cent Not related – 67 per cent Not applicable – 19 per cent5. What methods do you use to combat stress?Sports and leisure – 73 per centAlcohol – 21 per centTobacco – 7 per cent Prescribed drugs – 2 per cent Illegal drugs – 1 per cent Other – 52 per cent6. What is your average daily commute time? Less than 30 mins – 26 per cent30 mins to 1 hour – 47 per centOne to 1.5 hours – 20 per cent1.5 to two hours – 4 per centMore than two hours – 3 per cent Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more