Managers urged to take stress seriously

Taking health issues such as stress at work seriously is vital for managers in the aftermath of the global economic downturn.

That is according to Andy Bell, spokesman for the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, who has urged bosses to be supportive and aware of the fact that such problems are becoming increasingly common at present.

Mr Bell explained that it is "in the interests of every employer" to take this matter seriously, as it affects around one in six members of staff every year and will cost businesses £1,000 per employee annually if it goes unaddressed.

"Simple steps are all that is needed to manage mental health better," he noted.

The expert went on to say that line managers in particular must have the "skills and confidence to respond positively" should they suspect a worker is struggling.

This echoes comments made recently by chartered psychologist Sue Firth, who stated that speaking openly about stress helps relieve the issue.

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09/02/2012 16:40