Workplace stress: It’s time to lift the burden’
“Work-related stress affects workers in all professions in developed and developing countries alike. It can gravely harm not only workers’ health but also, and all too often, the wellbeing of their families,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.
This World Day for Safety and Health focuses on the toll taken on the health and wellbeing of workers worldwide by stress in their working environment.
Target 8 of Goal 8 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for “safe and secure working environments for all workers” – securing safe workplaces extends beyond the protection of workers’ physical safety to their mental and psychological wellbeing.
The levels of psychosocial risks in workplaces are high. These are global issues affecting all countries, all professions and all workers. This is why the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2016 focus on the theme “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge”. Workplace stress needs to be addressed to protect the health and well-being of workers, as well as the productivity and competitiveness of businesses in Africa and all over the world.