Campaigners have called on the government to implement a four-day working week to help stop employee burnout after a new report found that nearly 18 million days were lost to stress, depression or anxiety this year.
Research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that a record 17.9 million working days were lost due to work-related mental health issues in the year 2019/2020, compared to just 12.8 million days lost in the previous year.
In response to the HSE’s findings, the 4 Day Week Campaign has now suggested that to solve the rising levels of lost working hours and employee burnout, British workers need to be given a shorter working week.
Commenting on the new analysis, 4 Day Week Campaign activist Joe Ryle said: “These statistics are shocking and show that the UK desperately needs shorter working hours and a four-day working week to allow workers the time to breathe.
“It’s very worrying that for the first time ever, mental health is now the biggest single cause of work-related ill health and working days lost.