Managers warned about ignoring employees' mental health

04-01-2008

Managers warned about ignoring employees' mental health
Managers have been warned by one expert that they should not avoid the issue of mental health in the workforce.

According to the Shaw Trust, a mental health charity, there are a percentage of employees that have suffered mental health problems during their working life, Personnel Today reports.

Three-quarters of UK businesses surveyed by the charity believe that around five per cent of staff members have had problems with their mental health.

Human resources (HR) director at Bupa Beverly Ashby remarked that it is an issue of some significance.

"It's important for managers to understand how they can identify and manage stress in their teams.

"While HR might want to champion the issue, it's the managers who are on the front line," she said to the news source.

Figures from the National Office for Statistics reveal that one in four employees can have mental health problems during a year.

Yesterday, deputy general secretary at the Trades Union Congress Frances O'Grady warned managers that their relationship with their workers can affect how they perceive the job as a whole.

Related categories: Management / Business.


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