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Managers 'must take responsibility for stress management'

20 September 2012

Business leaders need to take as active a stance as possible in the management and reduction of stress among their workforce.

This is the view of Ann McCracken, vice president of the International Stress Management Association, who has argued this is an area that is currently neglected by most companies.

A recent survey by consultancy group AMC2 indicated that less than 15 per cent of businesses have carried out an organisational risk assessment for stress, despite this being a legal requirement.

Although some larger organisations have policies and procedures in place to address this issue, as well as a number of training schemes, Ms McCracken believes this needs to be more widespread.

She said: "This topic needs to be owned by the senior management team. By working proactively, a good return on investment can be demonstrated and job strain reduced."

This comes after a recent study by BlessingWhite revealed that companies that allow their staff to become unhappy and disengaged are risking losing workers to rival companies.

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Categories: Functional Practices, Human Resources

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