New research has claimed stress isn't being taken seriously in the workplace.
The study, conducted by the Trade body Group Risk Development (GRiD), found that only 20 per cent of businesses questioned were putting mental health at the top of their health risks list.
Katharine Moxham, a spokeswoman for GRiD, told hrmagazine.co.uk that stress wasn't being taken seriously enough. She said: "Stress is not often taken seriously and overlooked as a main health risk for businesses, compared to acute medical conditions such as heart attack or cancer."
The research however found that 31 per cent of business said that they would make stress management a priority for them next year and that they will give employers more help with navigating through uncertainty at work.
Ms Moxham added: "These figures prove just how big an impact stress can have on employers when managing the well-being of their business and the implications it may have on absence rates."
According to taxassist.co.uk, statistics published in the Health and Safety Executive Annual Statistics report found that around 27 million working days are lost each year due to stress.
The report comes the day after National Stress Awareness Day, which aimed to encourage businesses to do more to tackle stress in their workplaces.