Industrial Society call for open policy over stress

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Industrial Society call for open policy over stressOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The difficulty of achieving a healthy work-life balance is adding toemployees’ stress levels, according to HR managers. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents to an Industrial Society survey cite alack of balance between work and home life as a major factor in occupationalstress. But poor communication and tight deadlines are also a major cause ofstress for the 500 HR professionals surveyed. Eighty-six per cent feel that stress is a problem in their organisation,with over a third believing it to be a significant issue. The report calls on employers to improve their management training, with 95per cent of those polled believing that supportive managers are best placed tohelp employees cope with work-based stress. Nearly 80 per cent believe that absenteeism is the main symptom of stress. Pat McGuiness, occupational health expert at the Industrial Society, said,”Employees need to feel they can talk about stress without fear ofrecrimination. In this way companies get a more accurate picture of negativeprocesses, practices and bad job designs which compromise employeeperformance.” Employers need to introduce flexible working and a family- friendly culture,claims the report. Forty-four per cent of respondents want organisations toimplement flexible working arrangements, while one third would encourageemployers to adopt a family-friendly culture. McGuiness calls on companies to incorporate a stress policy. He said,”The pace of change in organisations is not being matched by thedevelopment of employee well-being, which should include safety nets such aseffective stress policies and good job designs. Having a comprehensive stresspolicy, which is part of the organisational fabric and develops with theorganisation, can help reduce the likelihood of individuals experiencingoccupational stress, improving productivity levels and so benefit the bottomline.” By Paul Nelson last_img read more