Stress advice spells out practical approach

New guidance on dealing with stress at work, which costs UK business £3.7bn each year, has been issued.

The booklet, produced by the CBI, TUC, the Forum of Private Business and CEEP UK in conjunction with the DTI and Health & Safety Executive, aims to raise awareness of the issue of work-related stress.

It defines stress at work, outlines the existing UK and European legislation in this area, and acts as a compilation of resources to prevent and manage stress in the workplace.

Employment relations minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: “This new guidance brings together the experience of both business and unions and offers a practical approach on how business and their employees can deal with work-related stress.

“Dealing with the problem offers new business opportunities, improved productivity, increased competitiveness and a healthier workforce,” Sutcliffe said.

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