Why your workplace needs more happy

Workplace stress, anxiety and unhappiness are all factors that could leave your employees feeling undervalued and unable to perform at their best.

We here at FeedMyHappy are on a mission to combat this, with a range of courses specifically designed to boost people’s wellbeing and happiness, and we think that they can help your workforce improve and develop too.

Here are a wide collection of sources that highlight the epidemic of workplace stress that exists in companies across the country and we hope they’ll encourage you to consider investing in your employees’ wellbeing further:

Wellbeing in the Workplace, 2016 – The Guardian

Organisations are starting to manage employee health rather than employee sickness, not as a standalone well-being strategy but as an integral part of an overall employee well-being programme. Such strategies seem to be giving real benefits to these organisations in reducing turnover and increasing the productivity and engagement of their employees.

– Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 2007

It is estimated that in the UK about 300,000 working-age people leave the workplace due to ill health every year on average.
– Department of Work and Pensions, 2011.


According to the UK’s chief medical officer, the most common mental health problems of stress, depression and anxiety account for approximately 70 million working days lost every year in the UK, costing between £70 and £100 billion annually. (Chief Medical Officer, 2013)

  • The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000 cases.
  • The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2014/15 was 9.9 million days. This equated to an average of 23 days lost per case.
  • In 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health.
  • Stress is more prevalent in public service industries, such as education; health and social care; and public administration and defence.

Chief Medical Officer, 2013 & Health and Safety Executive, 2015

why workers are looking elsewhere
Investors in people study, january 2016
It doesn’t have to be like this – your employees can be healthy, healthy and productive with some support from you.

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Sources / reading list

Academic Articles

Ariga, A. & Lleras, A. (2011) “Brief and rare mental ‘breaks’ keep you focused: Deactivation and reactivation of task goals preempt vigilance decrements.”  Cognition.

Christian et al. (2011) “Work Engagement: A quantative review and test of its relations with task and contextual performance”. Personnel Psychology, 64:1.  pp. 89-136.

NatCen (2016) “British Social Attitudes 33 – Work”

Oswald, J. et. al (2012) “Happiness and Productivity”.  Warwick: University of Warwick

Wang, W. et al. (2016) “Twitter Analysis: Studying US Weekly Trends in Work Stress and Emotion” Applied Psychology, 65:2, pp. 355-378.

News Articles

Clapon, P. (2014) “The difference between employee happiness and employee engagement”.  Hppy.

O’ Mahony, H. (2016) “Wellbeing in the Workplace, 2016” The Guardian

Seiter, C. (2014) “The Science of Taking Breaks at Work: How to Be More Productive By Changing the Way You Think About Downtime”. Buffer.

Silverberg, D. (2016) “The company that pays its staff to sleep”.  BBC News.


Bajorek, Z. et. al (2014) “The Way Forward: Policy Options for improving workforce health in the UK” Lancaster University: The Work Foundation.

Black, C. & Frost, D. (2011) “Health at work – an independent review of sickness absence”. Department of Work and Pensions.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (2007) “What’s happening with well-being at work?” London: CIPD

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (2015) “Absence Management – 2015.”  London: CIPD

Davies, C. (2013) “Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2013”

Health & Safety Executive (2015) “Work related stress, anxiety and depression statistics in Great Britain 2014/15”.

International Labour Organisation (2016) “Workplace Stress: A collective challenge.”

Investors in People (2016) “Job Exodus Trends: 2016 employee sentiment poll.”

NEF Consulting (2014) “Well-being at work: A review of the literature”.  New Economics Foundation