Work stress costs more than โ‚ฌ3 billion per year

In more than one in three cases of absenteeism, work pressure or stress is given as a reason. There are as many as 1.3 million employees with burnout complaints this year, and their cost to employers has risen to โ‚ฌ3.1 billion per year.

This is evidenced by research carried out by TNO and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

โ€œ Measures to combat stress and downtime are therefore urgently needed, especially now that the work and life situation for many people has changed so drastically as a result of the coronacrisis,โ€ says Dorothรฉ van den Aker, who, on behalf of Oval, the national Week of the Work stress coordinates. This will take place from 16 to 20 November.

Care and education

Especially in the sectors of education, IT and care employees often have burnout complaints. This affects about one in five employees.

โ€œ It is precisely the public sectors that play such an important role during the coronacrisis that are under pressure,โ€ concludes Van den Aker, who is particularly concerned about the workers in care and education, who may become emotionally exhausted in the second corona wave.


Working from home did not improve the work-life balance, according to the research. Approximately one in ten employees indicate that work and private life are not balanced.

Of the home workers, 12% have difficulty concentrating: this is twice as much as for people working on location. Singles also have difficulty working at home.