Most employers not proactive in identifying stress

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The vast majority of employers do not provide their members of staff with specific training to help them identify the telltale signs of stress, a new study has found.

Research published yesterday (August 13th) by Aviva established that just 20 per cent of companies are seemingly aware of the importance of early intervention when it comes to this mental health issue by offering such sessions.

In addition, 34 per cent of managers do not look to pre-empt problems and still rely on their employees to tell them when they are feeling unwell, although 37 per cent of bosses stated they actively encourage people to have a good work-life balance.

The latest version of the insurance firm's annual absence management report also indicated that sickness absence in a workplace is likely to increase staff anxiety levels.

Steve Bridger, head of group risk at Aviva UK Health, commented: “Sickness absence not only has a knock on effect to other employees, but adds to the business concerns of employers as a whole."

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14/08/2012 16:52