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93% of public sector workers suffer from stress


A survey from the UK newspaper The Guardian has found that 93% of people working in public services are stressed at work.

The combination of growing workloads, longer hours, cuts to funding and feeling undervalued have left public sector staff stressed and under pressure. The survey monitored the well being of staff working in central government, local government, health, housing, social care, policing, probation services, charities and NGOs.

Stress has also been blamed reformations. Probation officers have recently seen a major privatisation programme, and rising concerns have been blamed on too much, badly-planned change and a lack of communication and support, as well as excessive workloads and expectations.

The survey also showed the growing pressure placed on managers in the public sector.55% of respondents have spoken to a manager about stress, but in 30% of cases, nothing was done. Other workers did get more support from their managers: 42% of respondents said they were offered general emotional support, 15% time off and 12% saw a reduction in workload.

Cuts in the public sector are set to continue, as Chancellor George Osborne has claimed that £13 billion needs to be cut from central government over the next three years. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has claimed that public sector departments are set to have their budgets cut by 15% over the next three years.

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