Absence Special: Stress - in the grip of it
Stress continues to be the biggest cause of workplace absence. What practical measures can HR take to rehabilitate sick staff, and prevent stress taking over? Sally O'Reilly reports.
The CBI/AXA annual absence survey, released last week, found that non work-related stress, anxiety and depression was the most common cause of long-term absence. Government guidelines on how to manage it and a growing pile of evidence on tackling stress have not solved the problem.
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