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Workers suffering from stress over potential job cuts


Psychologist Patricia Murray.

Psychologist Patricia Murray.

Psychologist Patricia Murray.

THE fear of losing their job is the greatest cause of stress for Irish workers.

More than three quarters of staff say job insecurity about being made redundant, or moved into a new job, causes them most anxiety.

The second biggest reason for stress is shouldering an overwhelming workload.

But most employees feel that stress is rare or quite rare in their workplace, with just one in 10 saying it is very common.

Almost three quarters of staff felt stress was handled fairly well or very well in their workplace, according to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

Patricia Murray, Occupational Psychologist with the HSA, said it was worrying some workers believe cases of stress are very common.

But she said a certain level of pressure is normal.

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