Stress now the most common cause of long-term sick leave

Worries about job losses have helped stress become the most common cause of long-term sick leave in Britain, according to a report that underlines the pressures on workers in a deteriorating labour market.

Stress has overtaken other reasons for long-term absence such as repetitive strain injury and medical conditions such as cancer. Workers blame workloads and management styles, according the survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and healthcare provider Simplyhealth.

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