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Stress is biggest issue for automotive industry people

Ben survey reveals stress is biggest issue in the automotive industry

Earlier this month (6th November) on National Stress Awareness Day, Ben revealed the results from its most recent business survey, in which automotive industry employers identified stress as a major issue affecting employees. 

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

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Click here to read the results and commentary which provides practical advice for employers on how to support the health & wellbeing of their employees.

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.

“I encourage employers to read our survey results and, (if you haven’t already), our first whitepaper, Mental health in the automotive industry: moving up a gear. Both pieces offer important insights into the health & wellbeing of the automotive industry and provide practical advice and support on how best to support employees.

“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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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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