Support for stress sufferers is inadequate

Nearly three-quarters of organisations do not have procedures in place to
help staff who are suffering from stress at work, a survey by Occupational
Health’s sister title Personnel Today has found.

Its poll followed new guidelines issued by the Court of Appeal in February
that said employers offering a confidential counselling service would rarely be
found in breach of duty of care.

The survey found just 24 per cent of employers believed they already had
adequate procedures for supporting stressed staff.

The Court of Appeal judgement laid down guidelines under which employees can
claim damages in workplace stress cases.

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