Opinion

Stressing times

Today is Stress Awareness Day. But you're probably too busy - and stressed - to notice.

As you'd expect, a survey to show how stressed we are has been conducted and you won't be surprised at the results.

According to recruitment firm Badenoch & Clark, 84 per cent of staff are stressed at work, with 14 per cent being very or extremely stressed.

Stress is bad for business. Not only does it reduce productivity, it can also lead to expensive legal claims.

The 1995 case of Walker v Northumberland County Council is of note. Here, an employee suffered stress at work and was signed off sick.

His employers were aware of his stress but on his return made no changes to help him. The result was a tribunal claim that cost the employer £175,000.

Employers need to have policies in place to deal with stress else they could find themselves on the wrong end of claim, which typically cost £15,00 plus VAT to defend.

This was first published in November 2010

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