A recent research study has found that bosses are the members of staff most likely to take days off due to stress.

The poll of 2,000 British workers found they had more days off for stress than doctors or teachers.

These three groups, along with factory workers and IT bosses, make up the top five occupations that see staff taking the most time off for stress.

The study, by Step One Recovery, found 90 per cent of those polled said they often felt overwhelmed by work. One in five had turned to alcohol after a stressful day — and three per cent admitted using recreational drugs to cope.

Nearly all of those (97 percent) who earned £100,000 or more said colleagues didn’t realise how much stress they had to deal with on a daily basis. Step One Recovery, a rehabilitation retreat in Spain, offers bespoke holistic treatment for those suffering ‘executive burnout’.

Claire Cheek, a director of the luxury retreat, said: ‘Stress is something people are forced to deal with in all aspects of their lives, however workplace stress is something that we’re seeing more people struggling to cope with.

‘Professionals with perfectionist and controlling tendencies are far more likely to be affected by burnout, as they thrive on stress and adrenalin.

‘This in turn can lead to self-medication, using alcohol and drugs to “unwind”. It is estimated that 20 per cent of alcoholics are highly functioning, but if they continue, one day it all catches up with them.’

Step One Recovery produced this infographic, highlighting just how stressed people are regarding their jobs. 

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