Firms 'must educate staff' on signs of stress

Business owners must educate their staff on how to recognise the symptoms and signs of stress.

This is the advice of Neil Shah, director of the Stress Management Society, who said: "Employers can put all kinds of support systems in place, but if people don't even recognise that they are stressed in the first place, they are not likely to take advice from the support that is available."

His comments come after a survey by mental health charity Mind revealed that one in ten employees had visited their GP for support and seven per cent had started a course of medical treatment for depression.

It could be in the best interest for an employer with share certificates to provide support for employees as research from Business in the Community found that by boosting staff well-being, financial performance can improve.

Mr Shah added: "The first step is employers need to educate employees to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress not just in themselves, but in their colleagues as well."

Written by Morag Lyall

Published on: May 18, 2010

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