The study from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has revealed that 50% of firms in the public sector have reported a rise in stress related absences in the past year.
The main causes cited for absences were organisational changes such as staff numbers potentially being reduced, workloads increasing and worries about job security.
Jill Miller from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development commented: “As well as finding that there is an increase in stress related absence at the moment, and that is linked to the amount of change and organisation restructuring that’s happening, we’ve also found an increase in mental health issues that are being reported”.
The survey revealed that it was the employers who were planning to make redundancies who were more likely to report higher levels of mental health concerns among their employees.
The report is calling upon companies to put in place strategies for counselling which could be of benefit to those who are feeling the strain and require some extra support.
If you are suffering from stress in the workplace a counsellor could provide you with a confidential outlet for your feelings. To find out how counselling could help you, please visit our stress fact-sheet to find out more, or visit the homepage and use the search tool to locate a professional in your area.
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