National day highlights stress at work problem

Employers can find out what they should be doing to reduce stress at work on national stress awareness day today.

As part of the day, an information pack is being launched by the International Stress Management Association.

The Health and Safety Executive has contributed to the pack which aims to raise employers’ awareness of the need to tackle work-related stress currently said to affect one in five workers.

Approximately 6.7 million working days are lost each year through work-related stress, according to HSE.

Sandra Caldwell, head of the HSE’s Health Directorate, said, "Organisations that tackle work-related stress effectively will be rewarded by having happy, healthy and productive employees."

Professor Cary Cooper, president of ISMA, added, "Employers need to acknowledge that work-related stress has the potential to destroy lives and wreck businesses. Preventing work-related stress is one of the best investments they’ll ever make."

by Lisa Bratby

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