About half of European workers consider stress to be common
in their workplace. This is largely due to critical changes in work
organisation and labour relations, as well as mismatches between
the perceived demands and the perceived resources or abilities of
individuals. Whereas stress is detrimental to workers’ well-being
and health, it also endangers public safety in extreme situations
and adversely affects organisations, national economies and society
at large: it is our collective challenge.
The report notes that European countries have integrated stress
management into workplace safety and health policies, with a growing
but still insufficient emphasis on psychosocial risks. It therefore
pleads for stress prevention, management and reduction to be mainstreamed
at different levels of governance, as well as in the private sector.
Moreover, countries should expand the national list of occupational
diseases in order to explicitly mention stress-induced disorders,
including occupational burnout. They should better protect the more
vulnerable categories of workers, study the implications of artificial
intelligence on workers’ rights, ethics and the organisation of
work, and encourage employers to adopt a stress-reducing organisation
of work towards a healthy work–life balance.