Almost 60 per cent of senior HR professionals in local government have high stress levels due to too much work, not enough support and not enough time to do the job, according to a survey exclusive to personneltoday.com.
The poll of 200 HR professionals carried out at local government HR body Socpo's annual conference last month shows that 56 per cent have high levels of stress symptoms.
Respondents cite not enough time to do a good job, unreasonable workloads and deadlines, insufficient support and having to manage staff who are under-performing.
Lack of acknowledgement and poor communication with managers were also cited.
Richard Kendle, sales and marketing director at stress management firm the Lancaster Group - which carried out the audit - urged HR directors to introduce stress management training.
"Stress is a major player, particularly in HR, because it has so much on its plate with employment legislation that many feel snowed under and find it difficult to do their job," Kendle said.
The Lancaster Group asked delegates 25 questions relating to reasons for stress and stress levels.