More than 1,500 managers from small and large organisations, including fleet managers, were polled and half claimed that workplace health was poor.
A third said stress had caused a loss of humour resulting in workplace pressure, while 21% said they had difficulty making decisions due to ill health.
Many attribute the problem to job-related pressure and the Chartered Management Institute says managers working in smaller firms were far more likely to do nothing when they experienced ill-health symptoms.
Mary Chapman, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, said: ‘With the impact of ill-health being keenly felt in the workplace, managers need a better understanding of the consequences of letting relatively minor symptoms escalate.’
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has guidance on management standards for tackling stress – visit www.hse.gov.uk.
Signs of stress