stress management

How to Manage Stress in the Workplace

How to Manage Stress in the Workplace

Erroneously considered by some to be part and parcel of modern life, workplace stress is no joke as a business owner; affecting employers and employees alike, stress can lead to poor productivity, bad decisions and a lowering of morale generally. Learning how to recognise and deal with stress and its causes can bring myriad benefits as an employer, so it is important to know how to recognise the tell-tale signs of stress, common causes of it and how to manage it effectively. How important is managing stress? Dealing with stress and its causes effectively is an absolutely crucial skill as an employer, as the consequences of ignoring it can be severe. A 2012 survey carried out by CIPD found that a quarter of employers in the UK said that stress was one of the top five causes of employee abse... »

Credit Crunch = Record absences

Credit Crunch blamed for Record Absences

The economic crisis, the credit crunch, is responsible for record levels of staff sickness as more than 380,000 people call in sick each day, according to a report by absence management company FirstCare. Anxiety about jobs, family finance and the global economy has triggered a nationwide leap in the numbers of people taking time off work, the company claims. Their figures suggest that the number of people phoning in sick with flu–like complaints has almost doubled in recent weeks, while those suffering with gastrointestinal problems have risen by a third. FirstCare’s managing director Aaron Ross said: “The credit crunch is beginning to impact on our health and productivity. We would expect to see seasonal trends of approximately 308 out of every 100,000 employees absent ... »