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Stress puts strain on public services

5 October 2011

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) have recently commissioned a new survey which reveals that due to the continuing economic downturn, 50% of employers in the public sector have noted that there has been an increase in stress related absence last year. The report says “stress is a particular challenge in the public sector where the sheer amount of major change and restructuring would appear to be the root cause”.

An employer is usually entitled to assume that the employee can withstand the normal pressures of the job unless he knows of some particular problem or vulnerability. However, given the continuing uncertainty and changes in the workplace that are being forced upon employers due to budget restraints, it is important for employers to revisit their strategies and policies in place (to possibly include counselling) to deal with employees who are not handling the changes in the workplace.

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