Research by Legal & General using Department for Work and Pensions statistics and reports has revealed that less than a fifth of employers are taking adequate steps to provide support for stressed employees in the workplace, despite stress being a leading cause of workplace absences.
The new DWP Survey, ‘Health and well-being at work: a survey of employers' has shown that only 17% of employers have any form of stress management advice and support in place.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) absence management annual survey report recently highlighted that stress is the second biggest cause of short-term absences and one of the leading cause of all long-term absences for non-manual workers.
Diane Buckley of Legal & General says, “These figures show that employers should ensure that good quality support is available in the workplace to help employees. It is concerning that 83% of employers have no provisions in place to deal with stress related illnesses. Legal & General have developed an effective group income protection package that offers tailored support to absentees' many of whom are suffering from stress-related conditions."