More employees are taking time off for stress-related illnesses because of poor management in UK businesses, it has been suggested.
Senior staff members are failing to manage their workers correctly and are contributing to the rise of stress-related ailments, Professor Cary Cooper of Lancaster University Management School has warned.
Noting the importance of tackling this issue, he stated that stress "has now passed the muscular skeletal diseases as the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK and a lot of that is about bad management".
Small businesses are likely to suffer the most if an employee needs long-term sick leave due to stress, Professor Cooper said, as they may not have the funds to pay for this type of occurrence.
Employees who work under poor managers "get more stressed, have more burnout, become less productive and deliver less to the bottom line", Professor Cooper concluded.
The National Employer Skills Survey 2007 revealed that three-quarters of managers are lacking management skills.