One in five (20%) respondents have taken time off work due to a stress-related illness in the past 12 months, according to research by MetLife Employee Benefits.
Its research, which surveyed 2,134 respondents aged 18 and above, found that one in ten respondents have taken more than six days off work due to stress.
The research found stress was a bigger cause of absence in the past year than sports-related injuries (10%) and hangovers or other alcohol-related issues (8%).
The research also found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of respondents would welcome help and advice from their employer on how to improve their health and well-being.
Currently, 61% of respondents receive some form of health and wellness support at work, with health advice being the most common provision, offered to 37%.
Only 13% are provided with group income protection policies.
Tom Gaynor, employee benefits director at MetLife, said: “Stress is a major issue with one