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Men are four times more likely than women to phone in sick due to work related stress - a survey has revealed.

In the survey of 3,000 workers by leading healthcare cash plan provider Medicash, 20% of men admitted to taking two sick days in the past month because of stress.

And work induced stress is also driving twice as many men as women to hit the bottle with one in five men confessing to needing to drink after work most days.

Medicash chief executive Sue Weir said: “Small amounts of pressure at work can enhance our performance but if that pressure becomes unremitting it can seriously affect our health. Regularly feeling stressed can lead to sickness, long term absenteeism and even a dependence on alcohol or drugs. Incorporating healthy eating and exercise into your daily routine and talking to someone about how you feel can help towards counteracting the effects of stress.”

Whilst men and women seem to react to stress differently, it’s still a major problem for both sexes, with 31% of women and 24% of men saying they often feel stressed. For women, dealing with difficult customers or clients is the most common trigger, whereas for male colleagues a heavy workload causes the most problems. Outside of the office, both men and women cite rudeness and bad manners as the most likely factors to get them worked up and angry.

Although men take more time off sick, women reported higher incidents of stress related ill health. Headaches were the number one symptom, with 69% of women suffering compared to 45% of men whilst 57% of women and 40% of men reported problems sleeping.

Sue Weir added: “Workplace stress can be damaging on any level, affecting both the employee and employer. Bosses have a duty of care and responsibility to look after their workforce and have systems in place to address stress at work. Encouraging a work/life balance, having open channels of communication between staff and managers, and providing access to counselling services are some of the things employers can do to combat stress.”

Top 5 work stress triggers for women

1. Dealing with difficult clients/customers
2. Heavy workload
3. Computer freezing in the middle of an important job
4. Boss demanding too much extra work
5. Computer taking too long to get going

Top 5 work stress triggers for men

1. Heavy workload
2. Boss demanding too much extra work
3. Dealing with difficult clients/customers
4. Computer freezing in the middle of an important job
5. Boss asking for work to be done which is outside job description


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For further information call Samantha Towers or Geraldine Turner at Clarity Creation on 0151 293 0505

Notes to editors:

• Liverpool based Medicash is one of the largest and most established healthcare cash plan providers in the UK offering the leading choice in positive health plans for companies, individuals and intermediaries. Established in 1871 to help fund the voluntary hospitals of Liverpool, Medicash’s passion for providing members with quality healthcare plans is just as strong today as it was almost 140 years ago.

• Medicash is a not for profit organisation which invests ethically and uses all surplus funds solely for the benefit of members.

• Medicash has a long tradition of charitable giving, and regularly makes significant donations to the NHS and various health-related charities.

• Leading independent consumer magazine Which? Money has included Medicash Active in its list of best policies on the market after evaluating 177 healthcare cash plans on criteria which includes value for money.

• Medicash is the only cash plan provider to feature in four of the five categories in Money Saving Expert’s Best Buys Guide for Cash Plans 2009. The Medicash Active cash plan ranked in the top three featured by MoneySavingExpert.com - the independent personal finance website created by Martin Lewis.

• Medicash received a Highly Commended Award at the Cover Excellence Awards 2009. The awards recognise the achievements of providers and intermediaries in the health and protection industry.

• Medicash is a major sponsor of St Helens RLFC (Saints) for the Super League XV season. Medicash are also working closely with the Saints Community Development Foundation which works directly with over 50,000 local young people delivering programmes around health, sports coaching, local heritage and education.
• In 2008 Medicash was the first cash plan provider to be awarded carbon natural status.
www.medicash.org
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