Younger workers are more likely to call in sick due to stress, according to a study by income protection provider Friends Life.
In a survey of 2,000 people, younger workers aged between 18 and 24 were 40 per cent more likely to call in sick due to stress than people over the age of 44.
Dr Ian Drever, consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Group, said that younger people may be under greater pressure because they feel they have more to prove as they are at the start of their career.
Half of the people surveyed said they had felt more stress since the financial crisis in 2008, and the biggest causes of stress were cited as money, work and relationships.
But it seems that the younger generation of workers are suffering more from the condition, or are just better at recognising the symptoms.
According to the survey, 67 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds called in sick due to stress over the last year.
This fell to 54 per cent among 25 to 34 year olds, and further still to 47 per cent among 35 to 44 year olds. Whilst only 43 per cent of people aged between 45 and 55 called in sick with stress, the figure rose slightly to 49 per cent in workers over the age of 55.
Dr Drever said: “There may be a couple of dynamics at play as to why younger people are more prone to call in sick due to stress than the older generation. Firstly, younger people maybe more stressed due to their job roles being more time pressured, having greater expectations upon them to climb the career ladder and cope with numerous demands in more challenging economic times.
“Secondly, young people may now feel more comfortable with signalling that they are under stress, and reporting it in the workplace. They may also be more aware of the signs of stress in themselves - such as disrupted sleep or diminished cognitive performance - so can recognise it at an earlier stage, and then flag this up within the work environment.”
David Williams, director of group protection at Friends Life, said: “This is an extremely worrying number of young people who are starting their working life under strain and is something which needs to be monitored carefully.”
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