Employers 'need to understand price of stress'


Employers 'need to understand price of stress'
Employers need to recognise and understand the price of wrongly pressurising their staff in the workplace, it has been claimed.

New president of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (Iosh), Lise Fowlie, said that stress was still widely misunderstood as being just a psychological problem.

Speaking at the Iosh annual dinner in Manchester, she said that people needed to understand that the condition had physical and behavioural effects as well and stated that managers would find it difficult to detect it if they did not recognise the symptoms.

She said: "I want employers to start thinking that 'pressure management prevents stress' and to remember, that stress isn’t only affecting the health of one person and their personal productivity, but it can also affect those around them – their work colleagues, their family and their friends."

Minor adjustments were often enough to significantly reduce stress, she added, such as ensuring staff have a sympathetic ear and allowing more flexibility in working hours and more family-friendly practices.

She also advised that employers could change annual leave to run with employees' dates of birth so that workers would not try to use it up at the same time at the end of the year.

Iosh would be launching an occupational health toolkit at their conference in March, she said, which would give health and safety practitioners an extra tool in tackling stress.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

Bookmark with:
Bookmark with: Digg Digg Bookmark with: Del.icio.us Delicious Bookmark with: Reddit Reddit Bookmark with: StumbleUpon StumbleUpon Bookmark with: Google Google Bookmark with: Technorati Technorati Bookmark with: Netvouz Netvouz

See also:

Latest News:

Search News
News Front Page
Accountancy / Tax
Advertising / PR
Armed Forces
Aviation / Aerospace
Banking / Finance
Charities / Voluntary
Childcare / Youth
Construction / Property
Customer Services
Education / Training / Teaching
Emergency Services
Engineering / Electronics
Entertainment / TV / Theatre
Graduate Roles
HR / Recruitment
Health / Beauty
Hotel / Catering / Restaurants
IT / Internet
Insurance / Pensions
International / Overseas
Management / Business
Manufacturing / Industry
Media / New Media / Creative
Medical / Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Sector
Retail / Wholesale
Sales / Purchasing / Marketing
Science / Technology
Secretarial / PA / Admin
Skilled / Semi-skilled Manual
Transport / Logistics
Travel / Tourism / Leisure