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01 September 2008

The role of line managers in tackling stress

Allowing stress to take hold among a workforce can be costly in terms of the number of working days lost, reduced employee performance and, in the worst cases, legal action being brought against employers for breaching duty-of-care legislation. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's 2007 Absence Management Survey, published in July 2008, stress led to the loss of 13.8 million working days and was the biggest cause of long-term absence among non-manual workers last year. But just 37% of employers have a strategy in place to deal with stress, according to Employee Benefits/HSA Healthcare research 2008. Arguably, line managers are best placed to identify and deal with the problem and 58% of those with a strategy in place focus on equipping them with the appropriate skills. As line managers sit between the organisation and the workforce, they can help prevent normal work pressures escalating into something less bearable, as well as spot the warning signals of stress. They can also be instrumental in organising stress audits for their department, pinpointing problems areas.

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17 April 2008
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HOW TO... Prevent Workplace Bullying

Whether actual or perceived, workers who feel bullied can rapidly lose their self-esteem, to the extent that the situation takes hold of them before they can seek help. To avoid the long-term absence…

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18 May 2007
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Validium welcomes Work from Home Day

Helen Knight, a consultant with Validium one of the UK’s providers of EAP services and HR consultancy, today welcomed National Work from Home Day. A passionate believer in the importance of achievi…

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28 September 2006
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Holding onto that holiday feeling

Everyone knows someone who wanders around the office after their annual summer break with a black cloud hanging over their head. After weeks away from the stress of work, the day-to-day routine of lif…

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17 June 2006
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Office Rage requires Anger Management

Everyone has the odd bad day at work. The train is late, the boss lands an unexpected pile of work on your desk, your computer goes on the blink and the coffee machine breaks down. But what happens w…

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