In The Netherlands today is the start of the Week of Work Stress. It is the second time that such a week is organized. The Week of Work Stress is held to help address the topic. Because there is still a lot of shame among people who fall out, initiator and Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher knows. Do you feel emotionally drained by your job? Or are you already tired when getting up? Then read on and learn how you can best raise the topic at work.
Asscher has been worried about the increasing stress in the Netherlands for quite some time now. And for good reason. Stress in the workplace is the country’s number 1 occupational disease. Each year more than a million people are at risk of burn-out and other work-related mental illnesses. One in seven workers even has been struggling with serious stress complaints, the Dutch central statistics office CBS and research institute TNO report. Irritability, poor sleep and tension headaches, for example. Especially young people aged from 25 to 35 years are at increased risk of becoming overstrained.
There are many circumstances that can lead to stress. For example: