Survey: Stress a big issue in automotive industry

BEN stress survey A total of 70 per cent of respondents to the employer survey said stress had most affected their employees’ health and wellbeing

Automotive benevolent fund, Ben, recently conducted a survey which found that automotive industry employers identified stress as a major issue affecting employees.

A total of 70 per cent of respondents to the employer survey said stress had most affected their employees’ health and wellbeing – particularly those in the manufacturing and retail sectors. This was also reflected in the latest employee survey, with 57 per cent saying they are stressed at work, 47 per cent are stressed at home and 35 per cent are stressed at work and home.

In the employer survey, respondents were also asked to spontaneously mention issues most likely to impact automotive businesses over the next five years. The top three issues mentioned were skills shortages (38%), Brexit (26%) and technological changes (23%). These issues have undoubtedly had an impact on the stress levels of those working in the automotive industry.

The results of the surveys were included as part of Ben’s first ever whitepaper released last month, called Mental health in the automotive industry: moving up a gear.

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: “This National Stress Awareness Day, we felt it was important to share our latest survey results, which highlight that stress is a significant issue for automotive industry employees. “We want to make a positive difference to the health & wellbeing of those who work in the automotive industry. Through our annual surveys, we listen to automotive industry people and employers to aid our understanding of health & wellbeing issues they are facing. This enables us to provide the right support to meet those needs. From partnering with automotive employers, we put our learnings into practice by developing relevant training and workplace initiatives.

“As always, our free, confidential support is readily available to anyone who works (or has worked) in the industry. Employers can also refer employees who need support to Ben via a fast-track employee referral process. We’re here to look after the health and wellbeing of automotive people because they are the lifeblood of our industry.”

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