Youngsters more prone to call in sick for work
Younger workers are 40 percent more likely to call in sick due to stress than older employees, a survey has revealed.
According to a report into workplace stress by Friends Life, almost seven in ten workers aged between 18 and 24 have called in sick due to stress in the last year, the Telegraph reported.
This figure falls to half of all people over the age of 55, a reduction of 40 percent.
Experts said that young workers may feel more stressed than the older generation because they have more expectation on their shoulders.
Young people may also be more aware of the telltale signs of stress than older people.
The report found that the proportion of people who have called in sick over the last year due to stress gradually increased as people get younger.
For example, while 67 percent of 18 to 24 year olds called in sick over the last year, this figure fell to 54 percent among 25 to 34 year olds and to 47 percent among 35 to 44 year olds.
Only 43 percent of people aged between 45 and 55 called in sick.
This figure rose slightly, to 49 percent, to workers over the age of 55.
Overall, Friends Life said that half of the 2,000 people it surveyed have felt more stress since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008.
The biggest stresses were listed as money, work and relationships.
Dr Ian Drever, consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Group, which helps people with stress-related and other issues, said that younger people may be under greater pressure because they feel they have more to prove as they are at the start of their career.