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Credit Crunch Worries Cause Staff Sleepless Nights

Employers have been advised to help staff manage stress in the wake of research from hotel group Travelodge revealing that three–quarters of employees are losing sleep because of concerns about the credit crunch. Failure to support employees whose stress levels are rising is likely to lead to reduced productivity and higher levels of sickness absence, according to the director of the Stress Management Society, Neil Shah. Commenting on a the Travelodge survey, which revealed that estate agents are getting less than six hours sleep a night due to concerns about falling high prices, Shah said: “Obviously the credit crunch is putting pressure on individuals, and there has been an increase in stress over the past few months. People are concerned that their jobs may become redundant,... »

New Guidance to Cut Workplace Stress

A new guide to managing workplace stress offers managers a checklist to determine whether their behaviour is increasing or relieving employee tension. Line management behaviour and stress, published jointly by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), lists a range of management approaches that are likely to influence stress levels among employees. By saying whether the approach is positive or negative, the guide aims to help managers work out what effect their behaviour scenarios might be having on their employees. For example, acting as a mediator in conflicts is considered positive; simply keeping the peace is labelled negative â?? because it can lead to stress. Stress is the leading cause of long-term absence for non-manual w... »