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Stress had a noticeable impact on businesses in 2012, according to more than two fifths (42%) of senior managers from small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) surveyed for global insurer Zurich's latest quarterly SME Risk Index.

According to a fifth (19%) of SMEs surveyed, workforce absence levels have risen over the past two years, with 12% reporting more short-term stress-related absences of less than four weeks in the last year.

And when the results for small (10-49 employees) and medium-sized (50-249 employees) enterprises are looked at separately, absence levels for the past two years are up by 27% for small companies and 30% for medium ones,  suggesting that the impact of stress on absence could be an increasing worry as businesses become larger and more established.

A quarter (25%) of SMEs surveyed also reported lower morale amongst their employees due to workforce stress in 2012, with this again rising to 27% & 39% amongst small and medium businesses respectively.

However there is some optimism about the year ahead, with the prospect of a stronger economic environment (33%) and expansion of business in the UK (29%) being cited as the two biggest opportunities for 2013.

A quarter of small business owners in the UK do not feel confident they would be able to recognise and address ill health, stress or depression among their staff, according to recent Bupa research.

Around 131 million working days were lost to sickness absence in 2011, a new report from the Office for National Statistics shows. This was a fall of 26% since 1993 despite an increase in total employment from around 25 million people to about 29 million people. The amount of time lost per worker was four and a half days in 2011 down from just over seven days in 1993.

Recent research has found that UK workers’ eating habits are suffering due to stress. Although employees and bosses recognise the value of taking a lunch break for well being, longer hours and workplace pressures are stopping staff from taking the breaks they need.

Recent research has revealed that 52% of British workers who are not self-employed admit to having worked through their holidays. Nearly one in five (18%) make a regular habit of it.

Research by Mind, the mental health charity, has revealed that workers who admit to feeling stressed or depressed fear being sacked or forced out of their jobs.

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