Mental health sickness absence on the rise

This week the Times has reported a new study which shows that absence at work due to depression, anxiety and stress now accounts for a third of all sick leave, apparently up 25% since 10 years ago.

Absences like these cost employers millions every year and can be poorly managed, particularly where the illness is work-related.

The good news is that there are simple steps that employers can take to spot warning signs to help safeguard against this.

Monitoring workloads and making sure employees have the right training and support to carry out their roles is crucial. Bullying & harassment policies setting out expectations for behaviour are key, and using stress risk assessments to identify trigger points are equally important.

Do contact me for more information.

Posted by: Clare Nicolaou Employment lawyer,  Novalex Solicitors 

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