Employers Get Help Preventing Staff Stress

Businesses can get advice on managing staff stress and avoiding the legal pitfalls associated with the problem, following the publication of a free guide by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The guide, Work-related stress: What the law says (PDF) explains employers’ legal responsibilities on identifying and preventing stress at work, and highlights recent cases where businesses have been forced to make compensation payouts for failing to deal with the problem at work.

“It’s in employers’ interests to manage stress at work proactively and not just assume all staff are coping, particularly in a tough economic environment where many employees are under pressure to do more with less”

said national director for health and work, Dame Carol Black.

CIPD senior public policy adviser, Ben Wilmott, added that stress at work can have a significant impact on business performance.

“Employers that fail to manage stress effectively risk losing key staff through high absence levels and employee turnover. They will also suffer from low staff morale and risk higher levels of conflict and accidents in the workplace. In addition, they potentially face costly personal injury claims, as well as damage to their employer brand.”

For further information read our business advice article on Stress Management.

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