National campaign tackles workplace stress
As many as 10 suicides per year are caused by burnout and harassment in the work place, meanwhile stress accounts for 15% of days off and 10% of resignations.
The shocking figures were made public by the ministry of labour and employment to highlight the “tragic reality” of workplace stress.
In a bid to curb the worsening problem, employment minister Nicolas Schmit has launched an information campaign raising awareness about the psychosocial risks associated with work pressures.
Want to heal: Taking my life back, will see four programmes broadcast on RTL radio, where experts will be on-hand to answer questions from members of the public.
The programmes are aimed at helping people manage work stress, recognise the symptoms and seek solutions. The campaign also calls on business chiefs to better consider how they approach redundancies, for example by not announcing them the day before holidays.
Bullying and sexual harassment will also be addressed as well as burnout and moral, physical and emotional exhaustion.
The national initiative paves the way for a European-wide awareness-raising campaign to be launched in 2012.