Stressed employees continue to be a major problem for companies, according to employee benefits and health plan provider HSA.
Its latest survey has found that although stress remains a key issue for all employers, it appears to be especially concerning for large companies, and public sector organisations.
In fact, 47 per cent of companies believe stress to be a key cause of sickness absence. This figure rises to 64 per cent of respondents with more than10,000 employees, and goes up to 86 per cent among public sector organisations according to the research.
Glenn Rhodes from HSA said: “Over the years we have supported this survey, stress has increasingly become an issue for organisations.
“Despite this, many seem to be burying their heads in the sand over the problem. This is especially prevalent within larger organisations, which suffer more sickness absence from stress, yet almost half have no strategy in place to tackle it.”
Amanda Wilkinson, editor of the magazine Employee Benefits, said: “The percentage of organisations citing stress as a major cause of sickness absence has risen for the third year in a row and now stands at 47 per cent.
Yet, a large proportion of employers (63%) still do not have a strategy in place to reduce stress in the workplace. This would indicate that they are choosing to ignore what the problem.”