Occupational and workplace stress.

work-stress-02When it comes to the effects of workplace stress, most employers bury their head in the sand.

Costs of occupational stress
It’s estimated that 75% to 85% of all GP visits are caused by stress, anxiety and depression. Most stress absences can last for months at a time. Costs of this include sick pay, agency cover (which may cost more and not be effective) as well as disruption to working processes and continuity.
When the sick pay runs out employees may not be able to return to work and decide to take you to an industrial tribunal with a cost of thousands of pounds to defend.
So what should I do?
Most people don’t plan for this and send employees to a counselling service or therapist after the event. A more cost-effective solution is to have an organisational stress policy and train staff to recognise the signs. They are then more able to deal with stress levels and the consequences.
There’s a free HSE/CIPD resource that helps identify a manager’s effectiveness at managing staff in a way to minimise stress. Contact us and we’ll send you a free copy or email us for details of how we can help reduce the effects of stress on your workforce.
If you would like to review your health and safety or fire safety training arrangements, contact Steve Pepper for a free meeting or visit our website at: www.Steve-Pepper.co.uk
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