Employers must prevent stress int he workplace

Employers need to take steps to prevent and manage stress within the workplace the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has insisted.

Launching a new guide offering advice for businesses, the group said it is in the best interests of all concerned to tackle the issue.

It pointed out that employers have legal obligations to protect their mental and physical wellbeing of their workers.

In July, the CIPD's Employee Outlook survey revealed that almost half of employees in the UK had noticed an increase in stress at work as a result of the recession

Ben Wilmott, senior public policy advisor to the organisation, said: "Employers that fail to manage stress effectively risk losing key staff through high absence levels and employee turnover."

Health and Safety Executive figures show that in 2008-09, an estimated 11.4 million working days were lost as a result of work-related stress, depression or anxiety.

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: September 21, 2010

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