Cyprus has the highest percentage of workers who say they suffer from work-related stress, a new EU survey has revealed.
According to the study by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, 51% of workers on the island experience stress at work; three times higher than the European average of 16%.
Greece has the second highest proportion of workers who say they experience stress at work (46%) and Finland has the lowest (10%).
In recession-hit Cyprus and Greece more than 8 in 10 workers say stress is common (88% and 81% respectively). Across Europe under half say work – related stress is rare (45%).
In Cyprus six out of ten workers, a total of 61%, consider their working hours or workload as being the common cause of work-related stress.
Work-related stress is most common in workers from the ages of 35 to 54, said the survey.
In addition, the findings from Cyprus suggest that around 4 in 10 workers (43%) believe that older workers aged 60 plus are less able to adapt to changes at work than other colleagues, which is the lowest proportion of the 31 countries polled (and well below the European average of 60%).
Male workers in Cyprus are much more likely than female workers to say older workers are less able to adapt to change (49% and 37% respectively).
Director of European Agency for Safety and Health at work Christa Sedlatschek, said the agency hopes to send out the message to all European businesses, regardless of size and industry, that psychosocial risks can be addressed in the same logical and systematic way as any other matter affecting health and safety.
The survey included 31 European countries, the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, with a total of 16,622 interviews.
The Cyprus data was gathered through 587 telephone interviews with full-time, part-time and self-employed workers aged 18 and over and was conducted between December 5 and December 17, 2012.