A new ESRI study, funded by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), finds that workplace stress among employees in Ireland doubled from 8% in 2010 to 17% in 2015. Ireland was one of the countries showing the steepest increase in workplace stress between 2010 and 2015. However, the level of workplace stress in Ireland was still below the average for ten Western European countries in 2015 (19%). The closest comparator to Ireland is the UK, where workplace stress was similarly reported at 18%, with women being more likely to report workplace stress than men. Workers in Ireland were more likely to report the pressures of emotional demands and exposure to bullying, harassment and other forms of mistreatment, but less likely to report time pressure than fellow Western Europeans.
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