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Workplace stress 'needs to be managed better'

12 December 2011

Companies have been advised of the need to improve their management of employee stress levels in the current economic climate.

David Liddle, director and founder of mediation and dispute resolution provider the TCM Group, has suggested that a number of socioeconomic factors are causing a spike in stress levels in UK workplaces at the current time.

Causes include the persisting poor health of the economy, debt issues that typically surround Christmas and staff reductions among many companies, as well as resentment caused by absences over the festive period.

Human resources managers must therefore work proactively to nip such issues in the bud before they become too significant.

"I think the way that companies handle stress during the festive period is very important to the overall wellbeing of individuals and how the team functions over the next year," said Mr Liddle.

This comes after recent Bupa research revealed that the Christmas period is typically associated with a high rate of absences, due in part to overindulgence by staff.

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