August 4, 2021


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Stress at work costs more than EUR 3 billion a year

This has emerged from research by TNO and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

“Measures to combat work stress and school drop-outs are therefore still urgently needed, especially now that the work and life situation for many people has changed so drastically as a result of the corona crisis,” says Dorothé van den Aker, who on behalf of Oval, Branch of Occupational Safety and Health Services, National Labor Stress Week. This will take place from November 16th to 20th.

Care and education

In the areas of education, ICT and healthcare in particular, employees often suffer from burnout complaints. Around every fifth employee is affected.

“The public sector in particular, which played such an important role during the corona crisis, is under pressure,” concludes Van den Aker, who is particularly concerned about the care and education employees who may be emotionally exhausted in the second corona wave.


Working from home has not improved work-life balance, research shows. Around one in ten employees states that their work and private life are not in balance.

12% of home workers have difficulty concentrating: this is twice as much as for people who work locally. People living alone also have difficulty working from home.