High-pressure jobs 'can lead to stress'

Managers of organisations with high-pressure professional environments must be particularly aware of the impact stress at work can have on their employees.

That is the opinion of Ben Hicks of the Institute of Employment Studies, who has told the Guardian it is essential for bosses in such positions of authority to be mindful of the likelihood their members of staff may struggle with mental anxiety.

Mr Hicks explained that stress is a leading cause of employee absence - in the public sector in particular - and it is therefore vital for leaders to take action towards eradicating this problem.

For instance, issues such as "increased workload and increased pressure to meet targets, job insecurity, and organisational change/restructuring" can all contribute to the proliferation of mental anxiety.

With this in mind, Mr Hicks went on to say that managers of people completing "emotionally demanding jobs" such as nursing must be aware that the pressure of such roles can be "psychologically damaging".

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19/03/2012 16:38