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Stress in the Workplace

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 14 January 2014

Are you feeling stressed? If so you are not alone. Last November, one of the most senior bankers in the world, former CEO of Barclays Hector Sants, stepped down suffering from stress and exhaustion. So what can be done to make our workplaces less stressful? We speak to one financial high flier, John Binns, who suffered serious depression caused by the pressures of work. He now advises companies on spotting and dealing with mental health issues before they become too serious. We ask whether 'mindfulness' - taking a few minutes to take deep breaths, take stock and prioritise the tasks at hand - can help ease anxiety. Dr Jutta Tobias of Cranfield School of Management certainly thinks so. Once a Buddhist concept which was dismissed as hippy nonsense, 'mindfulness' is now more mainstream. And, we talk to Dr David Wainwright, a sociologist from the University of Bath and ask him are we in danger of putting too much store by the concept of stress? After all who ever said that working would be easy?



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