The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work”. Employers have a legal duty to manage the risks to employees’ health and safety, including the risks arising from stress.

Stress is frequently identified as one of the biggest causes of long-term sickness absence in employee absence studies and surveys. Following a good practice approach to managing stress is likely to have organisational benefits for employers, including reducing sickness absence.

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12 Feb 2021

Employers could do more to make working parents aware of their rights to leave and financial support during the pandemic, a study has claimed.

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Who’s helping HR in the stress pandemic?

8 Feb 2021

HR has been on the front line of helping employees to cope, but who looks after HR as the stress mounts?

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Acas: mental health ‘enlightenment’ a pandemic silver lining

4 Feb 2021

On Time to Talk Day, Acas has published a paper examining how three organisations have responded to the employee wellbeing crisis.

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Frontline workers’ wellbeing should be ‘national priority’

2 Feb 2021

Leading mental health organisations have said the mental and physical health of frontline staff should be a national priority going...

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Eight in 10 say employers have supported them well during pandemic

1 Feb 2021

Eight in 10 workers (81%) say their employer has done a good job of supporting them over the past year,...

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Why whole health matters now more than ever

1 Feb 2021

Employers need to look at the bigger picture when deciding how best to support employees as the pandemic rages on....

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Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown

22 Jan 2021

Leaders can learn a lot about helping employees in times of stress by looking at how individuals approach problems. Using...

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HR can redefine what productivity means

21 Jan 2021

Being productive at work in many organisations means how many video calls you’ve attended. But as we move forward into...

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Few businesses monitoring the mental health of drivers

18 Jan 2021

Only a quarter of businesses with staff who drive for work have measures in place to monitor the mental health...

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Four in 10 intensive care staff experiencing PTSD

13 Jan 2021

Nearly four in 10 NHS staff in intensive care units reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the first...

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Why building resilience should be a priority in 2021

12 Jan 2021

Facing a landscape of coronavirus restrictions until spring at the earliest means building resilience among employees should be top of the agenda for business leaders.

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Toolkit to help firms support BAME mental health launched

12 Jan 2021

The City Mental Health Alliance, a community of businesses that aims to create mentally healthy organisations, has launched a toolkit...

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Levels of distress worsened during pandemic’s first nine months

5 Jan 2021

Key indicators of distress among UK adults worsened during the first nine months of the pandemic, with the proportion of...

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One in five ‘long Covid’ sufferers still unable to work after six months

5 Jan 2021

Many people suffering with ‘long Covid’ are still unable to fully work six months after their initial coronavirus infection, according...

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