Stress is too often ignored

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Stress is too often ignoredOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today The Mental Health Foundation urges that stress at work should be taken moreseriouslyMost companies fail to classify stress as a mental health problem,dismissing it as something all employees suffer from to a greater or lesserdegree, research has claimed. A study of senior executives, Burnt Out or Burning Bright?, by the MentalHealth Foundation was unveiled in April to coincide with Mental Health ActionWeek. Mental health problems are generally only recognised when they are”serious” diagnosable conditions, and stress is not one of these, itsuggests. The report also finds that junior employees suffer more from workplacestress than do their more senior colleagues. The foundation has called on company directors to view their employees’mental health in the same way they do their physical well-being. It has urged that stress should not be sidelined as part of human resourcesbut there should be a national campaign led by a mainstream captain ofindustry. All companies employing more than 100 people should offer some kindof independent employee counselling service, it adds. Those questioned recognise that employees, particularly junior staff, feelthey have to hide their stress and are perhaps unable to recognise stress thatcould become unhealthy. Senior managers are better able to cope with stress it found, by going tothe gym, for example. Newer companies are also found generally to be more aware of the need tomanage stress – for instance by offering external counselling, shiatsu, a quietroom or discounted sporting facilities. “The business world knows just how crucial this issue is, and the waysin which it will have a major impact on business. But their key requirement nowis knowing where to start and how to tackle the problem of undue workplacestress,” said Ruth Lesirge, chief executive of the foundation. In a separate report, the foundation has found that one in four people onlyfind out a friend is experiencing mental health problems when that person isadmitted to hospital. And 5 per cent only realise following a friend’s suicide,it added. The report, Is Anybody There?, found that although nine out of 10 people saythey are able to provide some sort of support to friends experiencing mentalhealth problems, more than one in three people supporting someone with mentaldistress wanted a professional to talk to themselves. 020-7535 7441 last_img read more

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