Employers blind to impact of stress in the workplace

first_imgEmployers blind to impact of stress in the workplaceOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Bosses and staff are at odds over the impact of workplace stress onproductivity. Research shows more than a fifth of employees see stress as the biggestblock to their productivity. However, while UK managers agree that it doesaffect productivity, only 11 per cent see it as the main problem. Carole Spiers, chairwoman of the International Stress ManagementAssociation, believes stress can have a catastrophic effect on staff andbusinesses. “Employers need to wake up and recognise that a stressful workenvironment can wreak havoc on the output of a business. Inevitably it willincrease staff turnover, resulting in recruitment problems, and absence rateswill rise due to sickness. “Many of us spend a third of our lives at work, and being stressed formuch of this time can only damage our quality of life as a whole,” sheadded. The research also highlights a disparity in attitudes over pay, withemployers citing pay as a key motivating tool, while staff do not believe payhas a major impact on productivity. The survey People and Productivity was commissioned by Investors in Peopleand is based on 1,568 interviews with employers and 1,275 with staff across arange of sectors and regions. www.iipuk.co.uk/ Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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