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Stress management 'becoming increasingly vital'

4 October 2011

The importance of managing stress levels among workers in the UK is becoming an increasingly important element of reducing workplace absences, according to a report.

A survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Simplyhealth has revealed that stress has become the number one cause of long-term absence for the first time ever in recent months.

The report suggested that rising stress levels are due to the poor economic conditions and a lack of job security, with high-pressure environments often leading to a decrease in productivity.

Dr Jill Miller, a CIPD adviser, said improved leadership and people management can be instrumental in regulating this issue, particularly during times of change and uncertainty.

"Line managers need to focus on regaining the trust of their employees and openly communicating throughout the change process to avoid unnecessary stress and potential absences," she explained.

Last month, Dr Jochen Menges of Cambridge Judge Business School noted that age diversity in the workplace can sometimes lead to stress, due to a lack of smooth communication between workers.

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