Stress in the office is costing Australian businesses more than $30 billion a year, contributing to more than half of the country's total workplace injury bill.
According to a new report released by Safe Work Australia, the annual cost of work-related injury and diseases has risen to $60.6 billion.
Alarmingly, the independent agency found that the combination of "body stressing" and "mental stress" cases equated to half of the cost of job-related injury and illness.
"Mechanisms more associated with disease, such as sound and pressure, biological factors and mental stress, have a higher unit cost than those associated with injuries (such as falls and trips)," the report stated.
"While mental stress cases comprise four per cent of the … cases, they contribute nine per cent of the total cost."
The report also found that the cost of workplace illness among senior staff such as managers and administrators was $9.6 billion a year.
Employers may wish to help reduce workplace illness and the risk of staff burnout by offering a corporate health insurance policy.
Showing that you support the health of your employees could lead to a happier and more productive workplace.