With 602,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, 12.8 million working days are lost due to these problems.
The Health and Safety Executive, the UK governmental body that seeks to reduce work-related injury and ill-health, names workload, in particular tight deadlines, a lack of managerial support, organisational changes at work, violence and role uncertainty (lack of clarity about job/uncertain what meant to do) among the main reasons behind burnout.
The survey covers both public and private sectors and discovered that industry, gender and size of the company are the determinants of burnout. Public service industries, such as education; health and social care; and public administration and defence have significantly higher number of cases of stress, depression or anxiety than the average for all industries. The rate of female burnout was also statistically significantly higher than average, while males showed no clear pattern. Finally, the risk of burnout grows with the size of the company: small workplaces had a statistically significantly lower rate of work-related stress, depression or anxiety whilst large workplaces had statistically significantly higher rates.
The survey's finding that stress was the major reason for burnout is confirmed by the independent analysis of work-related mental ill health cases performed by the general practitioners network. They concluded that workload pressures were the predominant factor and added interpersonal relationships at work and workplace changes to the list of stressors.